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Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act
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Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

LILBURN, Ga. -- Gwinnett College has reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to resolve an investigated violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Lilburn college was accused of refusing to allow an HIV-positive student to finish the medical assisting program. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this is a direct violation of Title III of the ADA, which prohibits places of public accommodations from excluding people with disabilities, including HIV.

According to the complaint, the student was accepted into the program and completed one quarter of the coursework before being told she could not continue "because she was a safety risk to others." The student said she told the college she was HIV-positive during the enrollment process.

Yates said Gwinnett College fully cooperated with the U.S. Attorney's Office to resolve the complaint. The college removed questions related to HIV and AIDS from its application; drafted new policies that indicate it does not discriminate against students who are HIV-positive or have AIDS; and promised to conduct ADA training for employees.

Gwinnett College also agreed to pay $23,000 to the student to cover her student loans and compensate for emotional distress.

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