Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is enforcing its COVID policy on the remaining enrolled students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus without exception, imposing penalties and restricting access to Wi-Fi.
About 600 students who have not yet submitted immunization information received an email from the university on Monday, Aug. 16. Students must upload a copy of their COVID-19 immunization record, which was initially due Aug. 1, as a condition of returning to Quinnipiac this fall, according to the university, WPRI reported.
“Our goal is to protect the health of our entire university community. In order to accomplish this we must know if you have been vaccinated,” the email addressed to the students said in part.
BREAKING: Quinnipiac will be fining students who remain unvaccinated without exemption. There will be a weekly fee that could amount up to $2,275. Students will lose access to the campus networks and Wi-Fi if they don’t comply by Sept. 14. Stay tuned for more tomorrow morning.— The QU Chronicle (@QUChronicle) August 17, 2021
There will be a weekly amounting to $2,275 for the entire semester. For the first two weeks of the semester, the fee will be $100 per week. After that, it will rise by $25 every two weeks, up to a weekly maximum of $200. Once the student uploads their vaccination record, the fees will end.
If students receive one dose of a two-dose vaccine by Aug. 25 and the second dose by Sept. 14, they can escape the penalty.
CCP Virus testing is necessary on campus every two weeks until two weeks following the second dose. A missing COVID test carries a punishment of $100.
If students do not comply by Sept. 14, they will lose access to university networks and Wi-Fi.
The deadline for medical exemptions passed in July, and the university is now only evaluating them on a case-by-case basis.
Vaccinations are required at the school, which is one of many. Students at UConn filed a lawsuit alleging the edict was unconstitutional, but a court rejected the case on Monday, Fox reported.
The lawsuit argued, “imposing mandatory vaccinations as a condition for attending UConn violates their Fourth Amendment procedural due process.” In addition, it alleges that it broke state and federal laws that allow people to make their own decisions.
The judge noted a lack of federal jurisdiction over the case, according to the Harford Courant.
“Only if it is clear that a plaintiff has an actual or imminent injury that is fairly traceable to the government’s action and is redressable by a court order of relief,” U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer wrote in the dismissal order. “That is not this case.”
As of Aug. 4, UConn had granted over 500 non-medical vaccine exemptions.
UConn isn’t the only school facing legal action over its immunization policy. The Supreme Court recently declined to hear a lawsuit challenging Indiana University’s vaccine mandate. The challenge was dismissed by Justice Amy Coney Barret, with no notes of dissent from the other judges.