School Settles Suit over Support Animals in Student HousingJanuary 5, 2016 |
CLEVELAND ― Kent State University in northeast Ohio has agreed to pay two former students $100,000 to settle a fair housing lawsuit that was filed by the U.S. Justice Department after the school refused to allow the students to keep an emotional support dog in a university apartment.
The settlement announced on Monday also calls for the school to pay $30,000 to a fair housing organization that advocated for the students and $15,000 to the federal government. The DOJ says in a statement that Kent State will allow students with psychological disabilities to keep animals that provide “therapeutic benefits.”
The DOJ filed the lawsuit on the students’ behalf in August 2014. A Kent State spokesman declined to comment on Monday.
A federal court judge must approve the settlement agreement.