ITHACA, N.Y. — Former Ithaca College student Bernadette Carter is suing the institution for $10 million, claiming it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Carter is demanding $10 million and “other such relief as the court deems proper… for mental anguish and physical pain caused by [Ithaca College’s] intentionally denying reasonable accommodations owed to her under federal statute.”
Carter was a student at Ithaca College from September 2009 to May 2014. Between August 2012 and May 2014, Carter incurred a yet undisclosed medical condition for which, according to her attorney, she should have been granted special accommodations.
The lawsuit states that Ithaca College failed to grant the proper accommodations to Carter even after “having been notified of the required disability accommodations and agreeing to provide [Carter] with the accommodations required by her recognized disability.”
According to the lawsuit, which was filed by the law office of Ronald Aronds on Oct. 8, the $10 million is for humiliation and other damages, as well as attorney’s fees. Aronds said in a brief interview this week that the $10 million requested in the lawsuit is justified in Carter’s case.
“[Carter] suffered both physical pain and mental pain and anguish causing her to have a more difficult time doing her schoolwork and resulting in her being denied opportunities in her program that were given to other students without disabilities, all to her damages,” the lawsuit says.
A spokesperson from Ithaca College said that they have no comment and have not yet received notification of the lawsuit.
Despite the school not yet having been served, Aronds said that his law firm fully intends to go through with the lawsuit.
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