Sup­port kitty wins case

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

RALEIGH, N.C. — The cat wins! A North Carolina univer­sity has reached a set­tle­ment with a dis­abled stu­dent who wanted to keep her emo­tional sup­port fe­line in her dorm room. The News & Ob­server of Raleigh re­ports Laura Au­man filed a fed­eral dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaint last year against North Carolina State Univer­sity, say­ing she was told she couldn’t keep her cat Kifree in her res­i­dence hall. Au­man ar­gued that her as­sis­tance an­i­mal con­sti­tutes a rea­son­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for a dis­abil­ity. Univer­sity spokesman Fred Hart­man says the univer­sity in 2016 changed its pol­icy to al­low ther­apy an­i­mals, but Au­man had al­ready de­cided to trans­fer and then sued the school a short time later. Ge­orge Hausen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Le­gal Aid of North Carolina, said Au­man wasn’t avail­able for an in­ter­view. Her dis­abil­ity wasn’t spec­i­fied.

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