Some Colleges are Forcing Students to Choose Between Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine or Obtaining an Education; Lawsuits are in Progress

Report by Paula Antolini, May 25, 2021, 8:56AM EDT

As the new school semester approaches, parents and students are finding themselves in a never-imagined situation, to choose between the students’ health or receiving (or continuing) a college education, as an ever-expanding list of U.S. colleges and universities require students to get a COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus this fall. This includes new students applying as well as students already enrolled.

“Most colleges already require on-campus students to be vaccinated against viral diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella. Government agencies suggest that schools may similarly require the new COVID-19 shot. But some state lawmakers — and at least two lawsuits — argue that inoculation can’t be made mandatory while the vaccines are still categorized as ’emergency use only,‘ ” according to Best Colleges.

Rutgers University in New Jersey was the first to require a vaccine, and more followed which were: The University of Notre Dame; Brown and Cornell; and Northeastern University in Massachusetts . Cleveland State University will require the vaccine for all students on campus. 

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“Medical exemptions are guaranteed by law in all states, and religious exemptions, which are relatively easy to receive, are permitted by most. To reinforce the mandate, colleges could push unvaccinated students to enroll online instead,” according to Best Colleges. View map here for “States With Religious and Philosophical Exemptions From School Immunization Requirements.”

“If allowed on campus, unvaccinated students will likely be required to continue asymptomatic testing and could be excluded from activities like studying abroad,” according to Best Colleges.

Most colleges will require frequent testing for those students who have exemptions, but are unvaccinated, and not require same of vaccinated students. Most colleges claim they are following CDC guidelines, which are now being questioned by many parents and students for accuracy and truthfulness. (View our article here: “Purposeful Misinformation?: CDC Changes Their Test Thresholds to Artificially Deflate ‘Breakthrough Infections’ of New COVID Cases Among the Vaccinated and Inflate Case Numbers of the Unvaccinated”).

Although schools are allowing religious and medical exemptions, extreme and discriminatory, and possibly illegal measures are also in place at some universities, that will end a students’ participation at that university immediately, should a COVID outbreak occur, for exempt unvaccinated students ONLY. Sometimes this information is not well published and is in small text in the exemption documents a student would be required to sign.

For example, at the University of Rhode Island (URI), with a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,790, they require proof of vaccination or approved exemption by August 16th. The Director of Health Ellen Reynolds said that if as little as two separate outbreaks of COVID-19 occur on campus, that they cannot contact-trace fully for the infection, they will require ONLY UNVACCINATED STUDENTS to leave campus and end their studies indefinitely, until it is decided to be safe to return. This includes out-of-state or local students living on campus in dorms. NO virtual studies are arranged as an alternative, she said.

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The URI exemption form reads in part: “I understand that, if an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease should occur, an exempt student will be excluded from school by the school administrative head for a period of time as
determined by the Health Department based on a case-by-case analysis of public health risk.

No word on what they will do should a vaccinated student become infected with COVID-19, or a professor either. They “strongly encourage” professors to be vaccinated, but there is no mandate. Does this make sense overall?

View here for a List of Colleges That Require the COVID-19 Vaccine. Colleges in CT that require the COVID-19 vaccine are: Connecticut College, Post University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Yale University.


Locally, for example, Western Connecticut State University does NOT list any COVID-19 requirements for enrollment but instead gives vaccine information on their page entitled, “COVID Vaccine Information” that is simply a poster with the heading, “The COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe,” and the text reads, “Both Moderna and Pfizer’s Vaccines are mRNA vaccines. You CANNOT get COVID-19 from an mRNA vaccine” and also, “The benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk is contracting COVID-19.” It then has a link to a page, “COVID-19: Vaccines 101” which has extensive information, but basically says the vaccine is still in the testing stages. It also reads, “Vaccines have been foundational to modern public health. In the 20th Century, they took many years to develop, but scientific advances has accelerated the development and approval of vaccines for COVID-19 in a little under a year.  This has been a singular scientific achievement. However, most of us are unfamiliar with how vaccines are developed and how they work to protect us from harmful diseases. This module aims to help individuals make informed decisions about the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. 

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The problem is, the FDA has not approved the COVID-19 vaccines, it only approved “emergency use.

According to the FDA, the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is as follows:

“An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under an EUA, FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions when certain statutory criteria have been met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. Taking into consideration input from the FDA, manufacturers decide whether and when to submit an EUA request to FDA. Once submitted, FDA will evaluate an EUA request and determine whether the relevant statutory criteria are met, taking into account the totality of the scientific evidence about the vaccine that is available to FDA.”

The University of Connecticut does not have mandatory vaccines for employees or students, but states: “Vaccines are offered to eligible employees, students, and any individual at Hawley Armory on the Storrs campus through UConn Health. Although UConn does not require COVID-19 vaccinations, the University strongly encourages all employees and students to receive a vaccination.” Read more here.


Social media groups have already formed to fight the mandated vaccine, such as the Facebook group “NO j A b USA CLASS ACT I O N” a private group that has 30.8K members in only a few weeks. Administrator Vincent Delaney has brought forth a crusade and is also indicated as the incorporator for filing the Electonic Articles of Incorporation of “THE FAMILY FREEDOM ENDEAVOR, INC.” on May 20, 2021, applying for non-profit status, whose specific purpose is listed as, “to educate and advocate for the civil rights of families and individuals in the United States at home, at work and in public.” A gofundme has been set up here that reads in part, “Our foundation believes in a families right to choose. We believe that this is only the beginning of our journey, the Family Freedom Endeavor will not only fight this crisis, but will be here for the long term to fight for families when crisis arise, I am honored to be a part of this great movement.”

View a message from the attorney representing the Family Freedom Endeavor, here.


For more information, there is also a group called the “Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN)” whose mission is: “At the Informed Consent Action Network, you are the authority over your health choices and those of your children. In a medical world manipulated by advertising and financial interests, true information is hard to find and often harder to understand. Our goal is to put the power of scientifically researched health information in your hands and to be bold and transparent in doing so, thereby enabling your medical decisions to come from tangible understanding, not medical coercion.” Read their page on COVID-19 here.


Another source you can check for information about symptoms from vaccines is VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). Read our report here: “The ‘Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System’ (VAERS) Reveals Numerous Adverse Reactions After Individuals Receive COVID-19 Vaccines.


Note about younger students: Connecticut House Bill 6423 removes the religious exemption for vaccine requirement for children in grade 12 or below, a bill enacted in 2021.