Education and Employment Law Attorney Anna María Tejada Discusses Lawsuit Over Princeton’s Actions Against Suicidal Student, LawCrossing
By Nabeal Twereet
(June 30, 2014)
According to an article featured in the New Jersey Law Journal, “Suit Over Princeton’s Actions Against Suicidal Student Raises Tough Issues,” Princeton University is defending a lawsuit that was filed in March 2014 in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey. A student named W.P. claims he was expelled from the university after taking an overdose of antidepressant pills in February 2012. His claim – Princeton failed to accommodate his disability following his overdose. The student is asserting the university held him to a higher standard than other individuals when he reapplied and planned on returning to campus a year later.
W.P. v. Princeton University has raised questions under state and federal laws against disability discrimination. The case has also stirred debate in legal circles and at Princeton regarding colleges’ appropriate response to certain students conduct. Case law is vague on whether …