Case name: Martin v. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, No. 16‐CV‐3294 (C.D. Ill. 10/23/17).Ruling: The U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois granted a summary judgment in favor of Southern Illinois University, which the plaintiff had improperly named “Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.”What it means: In a suit claiming a failure to accommodate a disability, there is usually no liability if the plaintiff did not request a particular accommodation, or did not provide sufficient information to determine what might be reasonable.Summary: Antonio Martin was admitted to the Southern Illinois University medical school as a first‐year student for the 2012–13 academic year even though he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.After he received grades of “unsatisfactory” in two courses, Martin was granted a leave of absence for the remainder of the academic year.When he returned to SIU in 2013 to attempt the first year of medical school again, he only requested extended time on tests.That accommodation was granted.In June 2015, after Martin received “unsatisfactory” grades in multiple courses, the student progress committee convened a hearing to consider Martin's dismissal for unsatisfactory academic performance.After Martin was dismissed from the program, he filed a suit claiming that SIU failed to properly accommodate his disability.The university filed a motion for summary judgment.The district judge said the record showed that no student with a record of academic performance similar to Martin's had ever been permitted to remain in the program. He also noted that Martin had been granted his only requested accommodation of extended time on tests in his two attempts to complete the first year of medical school.She granted summary judgment in favor of SIU.
Disability Compliance for Higher Education – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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