Kent State to Pay $145,000 in Fair Housing Settlement

January 5, 2016

Kent State University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in a 2014 fair-housing suit alleging the university violated federal law by denying a student's request to keep her “emotional service animal” -- in this case, a dog -- in student housing, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Per the agreement, which awaits a judge's approval, Kent State would allow assistance animals in student housing, pay $100,000 to the student, Jacqueline Luke, and her husband, and also pay a further $30,000 to the Fair Housing Advocates Association and $15,000 to the federal government.

In the agreement, however, Kent State also denies any violation of the Fair Housing Act and maintains “that at all times, they operated university housing at Kent State in compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations that prohibit discrimination.”

The settlement, or “consent decree,” can be read in its entirety here.

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