2 Santa Clara University students suing school over booster mandate

Two students filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara University on Monday against the university's COVID-19 booster requirement, after being denied religious or medical exemption.

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The complaint alleges that the school's student COVID-19 vaccine mandate and additional third dose booster mandate are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

The suite also is seeking damages for the students named in the suit and others who have been affected by the school's "coercing experimental medical interventions on them, despite the now-widely available evidence of both the lack of effectiveness and the risk of death or significant bodily injury from taking these experimental products, including evidence of actual harm to SCU students."

According to the suit, one of the plaintiffs, sophomore Harlow Glenn, 20, was denied an initial exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine and agreed to take the first dose, after which she suffered serious adverse side effects. She tried to gain exemption from the booster, which was denied, and faces disenrollment from the university if she fails to comply.

The other plaintiff, sophomore Jackson Druker, 19, did not experience any harmful side effects with the first vaccine dose, but "does not want to take a risk with his health by taking the third dose," the complaint said.

He and Glenn are facing disenrollment if they don't submit to the mandate by March 17, according to the suit, which was filed by the firm Facts Law Truth Justice on behalf of the plaintiffs and Children's Health Defense-California, an organization that fights against vaccine mandates, in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The suit charges the university with negligence, breach of contract and good faith and fair dealing, tortious interference with contract, conspiracy to induce breach of contract, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Santa Clara University told KCBS Radio "no comment at the moment," in an email on Tuesday morning.

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