KENT, Ohio (AP) — Government officials are accusing Ohio’s Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the charges Tuesday against the university and four employees. The complaint says the student got a dog in 2009 to help with panic and anxiety disorders.
A department statement says the Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices when a person with a disability requires it.
In a statement, a Kent State spokesman says the university is aware of the charges from claims made several years ago and looks forward to discussing the case at the “appropriate time.”