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Former Purdue Student Claims University Discriminated Against Her
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 15, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA--Purdue University wants a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former student who claimed the school discriminated against her because of her disability.

Emily Cook, 19, attended Purdue from August 2002 to April 2003. In September of 2002, she experienced an injury that resulted in the complete loss of sight in one eye and reduced vision in the other eye.

In the complaint she filed June 10, 2003, Cook accused the university of failing to provide reasonable accommodations for her disability as required under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The school "made it impossible for (her) to adequately participate in all the programs Purdue had available" and forced her to withdraw from the university, the suit alleges. Cook wants both a jury trial and for the court to award her what is "determined to be just and proper".

"I'm not in this for the money," Cook told the Lafayette Journal and Courier. "I'm in this to make some things right and to prove a point that they can't do this to 19-year-old disabled girls, 19-year-old disabled boys or anyone that's disabled in general."

Purdue filed a motion August 29 to dismiss the case, claiming it cannot be sued under the ADA, that the Superior Court lacks jurisdiction, and that Cook is not a "qualified individual with a disability" as defined by the ADA.

A hearing on Purdue's motion to dismiss is scheduled for November 12.

Related article:
"Former student sues Purdue, citing discrimination issues" (Journal and Courier)

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