Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court says a doctoral program applicant can proceed with her lawsuit alleging Ohio State University discriminated against her because of a chronic disease.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a lower court wrongly dismissed the suit. The appeals court sent the case back to that court for trial.
A magistrate earlier found Caitlin Sjostrand lacked sufficient evidence for a jury to find the school rejected her application to a psychology program because of Crohn's disease. That's a chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal condition.
Sjostrand alleges that interviews with professors in the doctoral program focused mostly on her ailment. She says Ohio State violated her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The university is represented by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which declined to comment.