ALERT: Candidate for IU Trustee Challenges Vaccine Order
(May 23) — A candidate for the Indiana University Board of Trustees is challenging last week’s announcement by the university that all faculty and staff will be required to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Margaret Menge, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review, argues that the school will be in violation of state law if it “requires” that anyone get the vaccine.
“House Bill 1405, passed by an overwhelming majority of Indiana legislators and signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 29, says the state may not require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination,” Menge says. “IU is a state university, and as such is a part of state government.”
Menge added that IU’s declaration that exemptions will be strictly limited to a narrow set of criteria, including medical exemptions and documented and significant religious exemptions, also is in violation of state law. She says the school must accept a simple letter stating that a person has a religious objection rather than submit official documentation.
“Overall, forced vaccinations are incompatible with the liberty guaranteed to us by our Founders,” Menge said. “They are also completely at odds with the pro-liberty values of the majority of the people in this state.”
Menge is contacting the Board of Trustees as well as IU Provost Lauren Robel and IU President Michael McRobbie to urge them to make clear that no vaccine will be required to enroll, register for classes or to be employed by IU.