Yale University Sued Over Mental Health Policies and Student Discrimination
HARTFORD, Conn. (NEWSnet/AP) — Yale University is accused in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including pressuring some to withdraw from the prestigious institution and then placing “unreasonable burdens” on those who seek to be reinstated.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on behalf of current and former students seeks no monetary damages. Rather, it demands changes to Yale's withdrawal policies, including the required forfeiture of health insurance and tuition payments, among other rules.
The plaintiffs contend that Yale needs to implement a process for handling students with mental health needs that's more accommodating for individuals.
The lawsuit alleges that past and present students who sought mental health treatments were told it would not “look good” if they resisted taking a voluntary withdrawal from the school, which is different from a leave of absence.
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