University reaches settlement with unvaccinated student-athletes
Western Michigan University has reached a settlement with student-athletes who declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
WMU’s decision comes after suffering two courtroom losses. According to court documents, WMU will allow athletes to play their respective sport while requiring them to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and follow a mask mandate when appropriate.
A group of at least 16 athletes had argued for a religious exemption from the school’s vaccine mandate. When WMU denied their request, the students sued.
Last month, a federal appeals court sided with the athletes, arguing that the school had violated their constitutional rights.
Attorney David Kallman said WMU will pay $34,000 in legal fees in the settlement. Additionally, the school said the athletes can keep their scholarships and remain on their teams.
“The university wishes the student athletes well in their academic and athletic careers, and the student athletes are excited to continue their academic and athletic careers,” WMU and the Great Lakes Justice Center said in a joint statement.