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University settles lawsuit over service dog

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By Steven DuBois
Associated Press
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PORTLAND — Portland State University will pay $161,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming it discriminated against disabled students who have service animals.
Deaf student Cindy Leland and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon filed a $1 million lawsuit in 2012, alleging the university wouldn’t allow Leland and her dog to live in an on-campus apartment that had carpeting.
The suit also said she couldn’t complete prerequisites for a master’s degree program because a teaching assistant told her the dog wasn’t allowed in a lab.
Portland State admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but acknowledged in a statement Friday that Leland had a difficult experience and officials wish her success as she continues her studies.
Leland’s attorney says his client will pursue an occupational therapy degree in the United Kingdom.

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