Friday, January 1, 2010

Oakland University says it will appeal court decision to let non-degree disabled student live in dorm

From The AP:

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Oakland University says it will appeal a court ruling that forces it to allow a non-degree student to live on campus.

Oakland will let Micah Fialka-Feldman (pictured) move in when classes resume in January. But the suburban Detroit school still will seek to get the ruling overturned.

The 25-year-old Fialka-Feldman is in a non-degree program because he has a disability that affects his reading and writing. The school only allows students pursuing degrees to live on campus.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan last week said Oakland's decision denying the housing request was based on "unfounded fear."

In a statement Wednesday, Oakland said the issue is bigger than just one student. It says the judge is granting preferences not covered by federal law.