Carnegie Mellon University sued for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 12, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University faces a discrimination lawsuit by a former student claiming that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sanchit Jain filed a complaint on Aug. 31, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the educational facility breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

The plaintiff alleges that he was subjected to discrimination, was denied certain discretionary academic modifications on the basis of his disability, and deprived of the opportunity to complete his education and further his career.

His alleged disabilities include ADHD and a sleep disorder.

Jain blames "the unfair and wrongful conduct" of the defendant to deny plaintiff's requests for a make-up final exam. 

The plaintiff holds Carnegie Mellon University responsible, because the defendant allegedly discouraged plaintiff from using his disability accommodation, allegedly denied plaintiff the opportunity to a make-up exam or to retroactively drop his course, allegedly denied his request for an incomplete, and allegedly subjected him to a different grading system for a computer networks class.

Jain was dismissed from his program at Carnegie Mellon after allegedly failing two of his classes. In January and February, he submitted appeals with the university, but they were denied. He filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for injunctive relief, compensatory damages, costs, disbursements, interest, attorney's fees, and further relief as justice requires. He is represented by Jennifer Modell of Ruder Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 18-cv-01163

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