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SLU is sued by ex-med student with learning disability

SLU is sued by ex-med student with learning disability

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ST. LOUIS • St. Louis University's medical school is being sued by a former student with a learning disability who says he wasn't given enough time to complete tests.

The lawsuit, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was filed last week in federal court in St. Louis on behalf of the student, who was identified as John Doe. The lawsuit says the student was kicked out of the SLU medical school after failing multiple timed tests required to progress through school.

The lawsuit says the student, who attended from 2002 to 2011, was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 2009. The student did well on course work, but earned multiple failing grades on a host of standard tests, according to the suit.

The lawsuit argues that the school, and the National Board of Medical Examiners, did not do enough to help the student, who "is substantially limited in major life activities such as learning, reading, thinking, processing and communicating."

Among other things, the lawsuit seeks reinstatement of the student, damages and a court order forcing SLU to establish policies and resources to help students with dyslexia or attention deficit disorder. A St. Louis University spokesman said the school had not yet seen the lawsuit and generally did not comment on litigation.

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