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College student evicted for sharing her COVID vaccine exemption settles with university: lawyers

Terms not made public even though student said "when the dust settles, you will not hear me shut up" about her experience at Michigan's Oakland University.

Published: October 17, 2022 12:35pm

Updated: October 17, 2022 2:07pm

College student Inara Ramazanova has reached an "amicable settlement" with Oakland University, which evicted and disciplined her for telling others about the religious exemption the Michigan public university gave her from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to her lawyers at First Liberty Institute.

The university accused the Russian immigrant of "collusion or conspiracy" to help others evade its vaccine rules by posting her requested and received exemption in a private Facebook group for similarly situated people nationwide, the public interest law firm said in a pre-lawsuit warning letter this spring.

While Ramazanova graduated in December 2021, the disciplinary record would remain in her file until 2028, First Liberty said then.

The firm didn't disclose the settlement terms in its announcement and does not appear to have filed a federal suit on Ramazanova's behalf. The only term it made public is that "OU makes no admission of liability or wrongdoing."

The disciplinary record, which First Liberty said could make it difficult for Ramazanova to enroll elsewhere, may have been rescinded. She posted an image of the University of Tennessee's football stadium earlier this month, with the caption "traded in the maize and blue for orange and white." 

Ramazanova may be precluded from disparaging her former school as a condition of settlement.

"I know I'm not vocal about what happened with me with OU," she wrote in July, "but trust me, when the dust settles, you will not hear me shut up about it." She has not since commented on her experience at OU.

Neither First Liberty nor the university has responded to Just the News queries for settlement terms.

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