Colorado Springs, CO asked in Education Law and Civil Rights for Colorado

Q: I am a student and I have epilepsy. Now my school is saying I can't continue to go. Is this a descrimination case?

I disclosed the fact that I have epilepsy from the first day I attended school there. They say that I can return, but I need a doctor to verify that "I am not a danger to myself or my patients and that I can perform all the duties required of my as a student and for my clinical hours."

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Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: I'm confused. Your facts state that the school requires you provide a doctor's note that you are not a safety to yourself or others as a condition or enrollment and not that they are wholly preventing you from attending. It should not be hard to find a doctor to certify that your epilepsy is not a danger. As for the request for a verification, you can contact a discrimination lawyer to pursue your options. If this relates to the medical professions or general public safety the school is arguably being reasonable in requesting assurances that you will not endanger others (I know medical schools ask this and DO provide waivers for epileptic students who have their epilepsy reasonably managed).

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