America Division of Justice and Old Dominion University settled a incapacity discrimination grievance introduced by a graduate scholar who was retaliated towards for requesting lodging, based on a press release printed by the division Wednesday. The college pays the coed $40,000 in damages, the discharge mentioned.
After the coed and the college had a dispute about her request for incapacity lodging, ODU officers then “terminated the coed’s working relationship along with her professor-advisor, eliminated the coed from the professor’s lab, separated her from ongoing analysis and withdrew her participation at knowledgeable convention,” the discharge mentioned. The scholar was pressured to discover a new adviser and “change her graduate course of examine,” the discharge mentioned.
“College students ought to by no means have to decide on between their proper to request cheap modifications of coverage for his or her disabilities and their tutorial success,” Gregory Friel, deputy assistant legal professional normal for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division mentioned within the launch.
As a public establishment that receives federal funding, Previous Dominion is required to observe Title II of the Individuals With Disabilities Act and Part 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination in instructional actions on the premise of incapacity, a DOJ settlement agreement document mentioned. The settlement affirms that Previous Dominion will observe the legal guidelines and create a coverage that expressly prohibits retaliation for incapacity lodging requests and supplies for disciplinary motion towards college and employees members who violate the coverage.
Particular college and employees members on the college may also obtain coaching concerning the incapacity discrimination legal guidelines, together with the dean and affiliate dean of ODU’s Graduate Faculty, division chairs and program heads for all graduate applications, employees members within the accessibility and fairness and variety places of work, and all college members within the division of psychology, the settlement mentioned.