BATON ROUGE – A hearing impaired student alleges a university did not accommodate him.
Fabian S. Strauss filed a complaint on Feb. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Carol Landry alleging that they violated Title II of the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began attending the University of Louisiana Lafayette to study biology. The suit states that he is hearing impaired and that he requested accommodations for his disability. The plaintiff alleges that during his schooling with defendants, he was denied the assistance of a professional note taker, which adversely affected his studying and grades, and was not provided adequate housing for his condition.
The plaintiff holds the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Landry responsible because the defendants allegedly discriminated against him, refused to provide accommodations and failed and refused to take corrective actions.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount reasonable in the premises, plus interest, costs of these proceedings and all other equitable relief deemed appropriate by the court. He is representing himself.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana case number 6:17-cv-00235