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Stanford settles mental health lawsuit

“Stanford University has agreed to a “groundbreaking” settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis.

Last year, the nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including those who had been hospitalized for a suicide attempt. …Under the terms of the settlement, Stanford will revise its leave of absence and return policy and add staff who can help students with mental health disabilities get accommodations that might make it easier for them to avoid a leave of absence.

The settlement, …, marks “a significant step forward not only for Stanford, but for colleges and universities across the country,” said Disability Rights Advocate staff attorney Monica Porter.

“At a time when colleges and universities across the nation are experiencing large increases in the prevalence and severity of mental health disabilities, many campuses have struggled to serve their student bodies,” Disability Rights Advocates said in its announcement.”

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