After Failing Math, Student Alleges Disability Discrimination
A college student is suing her Montana school in federal court arguing that her disabilities prevent her from completing two math courses required to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Hannah Valdez says that Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. should allow her to substitute two other courses for the math classes that are part of the general education requirements for her bachelor of arts degree.
Valdez has Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a math disability, according to her complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
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Despite multiple attempts, Valdez “cannot pass these math courses because of her mental disabilities,” the complaint indicates.
Valdez is accusing the school of disability discrimination and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by declining her reasonable accommodation.
In a response filed with the court, an attorney for the college said they attempted to work with Valdez and indicated that she is welcome to try the math classes again with additional accommodations that have been offered.
However, the school said that it is not obligated to “fundamentally alter its educational program or standards.”