Quinnipiac settles complaint by student with depression

Quinnipiac University (WTNH)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Quinnipiac University has settled with a student who says she was forced out school because she was battling depression.  The student was put on mandatory medical leave.

The school has agreed to pay off the former student’s school loans along with a payment for emotional distress, pain and suffering.  The student claimed the move was a violation of her rights under the Americans with Disabilities act.

Under the settlement agreement, Quinnipiac has agreed to pay to the complainant $17,000 to compensate her for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and $15,126.42 to pay off the loan she obtained to pay tuition to Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac also has agreed to implement new policies to stop discrimination against students dealing with disabilities, including mental health problems.  The school will also examine ways to keep people dealing with those problems in class.  School staff will also receive training on dealing with students, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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