Federal prosecutors say Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University has agreed to settle allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it removed a depressed student from school and refused to refund her tuition.
The settlement announced Monday calls for the private school in Hamden to give the student about $32,000 to pay off her college loan and for her pain and suffering. Officials say the university also will implement a new policy saying it won't discriminate against applicants or students based on mental health disabilities.
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Prosecutors say Quinnipiac discriminated against the student by placing her on mandatory medical leave without considering options for her to stay enrolled.
Quinnipiac released a statement saying the university fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its ADA standards exceed those of most colleges.