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Wright State Guardian: WSU keeps employee vaccine mandate despite Supreme Court ruling

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Excerpt from the Wright State Guardian

Wright State University continues its COVID-19 employee vaccine mandate while the U.S. Supreme Court pauses federal vaccine policy.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted to stay, or pause,  President Joe Biden’s federal employee COVID vaccine mandate for all large employers in a crucial decision. 

In September 2021, President Biden issued executive order 14042 requiring employers with over 100 employees to require their employees to become vaccinated against COVID.

Multiple Republican states, including Ohio, along with the National Federation of Independent Businesses, challenged the executive order in lower courts, eventually taking the issue to the Supreme Court. 

In a 6–3 vote, the court issued a stay on Biden’s order on the grounds that the Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have jurisdiction to enforce a COVID employee vaccine mandate.

Despite this ruling, WSU’s COVID vaccine mandate for all WSU employees, including student employees, remains in effect.

“At this time, Wright State University has not withdrawn or modified its employee COVID-19 vaccination requirement,” Seth Bauguess, WSU director of communications, wrote.

Bauguess further explained that the decision was due to the fact that the OSHA emergency temporary standard, which was included in the Supreme Court case, did not apply to WSU, nor does any other federal injunction.