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June 12, 2014

U.S. Attorney Settles HIV Allegations at Gwinnett College

Gwinnett College in Lilburn, Georgia, has settled with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, according to a district statement. A complaint accused the college of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by not allowing an HIV-positive student to participate in its medical assistant program.

The college was informed of the student’s HIV status during the enrollment process. The college accepted the student into the program and the student completed one quarter of courses. At that point, the college told the student she could not continue in the program because she was a safety risk to others. As a result, the student left the college.

As part of the agreement, the college will remove questions related to HIV/AIDS from its enrollment application. The college also will draft new policies indicating it does not discriminate against applicants or students on the basis of disability, including HIV.

The college will conduct ADA training for its employees with a focus on HIV-related discrimination and will pay $23,000 to repay a portion of the complainant’s student loans, as well as compensate her for emotional distress, pain and suffering.

To read the statement, click here.

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