HUD Charges UNK With Discrimination in Therapy Dog Case

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced yesterday that it has charged the University of Nebraska at Kearney and five UNK employees with a violation of the Fair Housing Act. The charges allege that the college refused to grant a student permission to have her therapy dog live in a university-owned apartment.

The student sought an exception University’s no-pet policy as a disability-related “reasonable accommodation” under the Fair Housing Act. UNK ultimately denied the student’s request, stating that the fair housing act did not apply. As you will see, the US government strongly disagrees – as well it should.

Read the charges in their entirety here.

1 thought on “HUD Charges UNK With Discrimination in Therapy Dog Case”

  1. I worked in higher education for a number of years, for a major public university system. I can tell you this based on my experience. Particularly public universities have an extremely arrogant attitude that the rules of real life – and the laws of the land – are parked at the campus boundary and they act as though they have their own unassailable little fiefdom. It’s another universe at the university – that’s for darn sure. Since part of my job was in the system’s legal affairs office I saw this type of thing more than once. I can also state this: the student who sued is going to be blacklisted and subtly harassed throughout the education they seek at this institution and my advice based – again – on what I saw a LOT over my years working in higher ed, the student would be very strongly advised to get educated somewhere else and obtain private or shared housing unrelated to that university.


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