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College Will Pay Settlement and Revise Policies After Discrimination Against Students With HIV

College Will Pay Settlement and Revise Policies After Discrimination Against Students With HIV

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Gwinnett College will pay a settlement after banning HIV-positive student from their medical assistant program.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has settled an investigation into the violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by Gwinnett College, a for-profit institution located in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. An HIV positive female student claimed Gwinnett College banned her from the school's medical assistant program after she had finished a fourth of her studies because she "posed a safety risk to others."

The U.S. Attorney's aggreed with the student, who will now will receive $23,000 from Gwinnett College. The school has also promised to remove questions regarding HIV and AIDS from its applications and to revise its policies to prevent further discrimination against students with HIV or any other disability.

According to Alexis Stevens of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates issed a statement that "despite years of education regarding HIV and AIDS, many people still encounter discrimination based on the stigma of this disability. Our office will continue to devote resources to fight injustices for people with HIV."

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.