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Students suspended for non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines

Due to non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, 16 students have been suspended for the remainder of the fall semester and additional students are still in the disciplinary process. Suspended students will not receive a refund for tuition, room and board, or other fees.

Deputy spokesman Dan Olsen said there are a number of meanings to “non-compliance.”

“It may not respond to the verification form, it may be that they have indicated that they do not intend to receive a COVID vaccine and have not applied for a waiver… a non-enrollment in the early detection program if they have an exemption,” Olsen said.

Olsen said in a statement that more than 90% of MSU students have self-reported being fully vaccinated.

“COVID-19 vaccines are one of the most powerful and one of the few tools we have to prevent illness, serious illness and death,” Olsen said in his statement.

Two MSU employees, Mason County Extension lecturer D’Ann Rohrer and video producer Kraig Ehm, no longer work for the university, but Olsen has not confirmed a reason.

According to a statement from the New Civil Liberties Alliance, Ehm and Rohrer joined a class action lawsuit against MSU on Friday, led by administrative assistant and tax officer Jeanna Norris. The two were added as plaintiffs to an amended complaint.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney rejected Norris’ request for a preliminary injunction on Oct. 8.

The lead attorney representing Norris is Jenin Younes of the New Civil Liberties Alliance. Younes said she believes both employees have been given notice of termination for failing to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

“Essentially, they naturally acquired immunity,” Younes said. “That’s why they don’t want to get the vaccine. They feel it violates their legal and constitutional rights.”

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