USDC(EDM): Disabled OU student can stay in dorm

A college student with an “intellectual disability” has a civil right to live in an Oakland University dorm with his friends, thanks to an order by U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Duggan.

The student Micah Fialka-Feldman sued to live in the dorms under the Federal Rehabilitation Act. OU wouldn’t let him live in the dorm because he was not on path to earn a degree from the university.

Fialka-Feldman had been taking a bus from his home in Huntington Woods to OU’s campus in Rochester.

HT: The Daily Tribune

[UPDATE: OU’s gonna appeal? OU’s gonna appeal!!!

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Learning-disabled Oakland student wins fight over dorm room

The Detroit News reports on a disabled student who finally won his fight to live on campus at OU:

Micah Fialka-Feldman, a 25-year-old Huntington Woods student, can move in the Oakland University dorms in January, ending the disabled student’s two-year old battle to live on campus, despite his cognitive impairment.

Under the opinion by U.S. District Court Patrick J. Duggan, the university did violate a federal disability rights law when it denied Fialka-Feldman a dorm room for the January 2008 semester.

Judge mulls release of Ambassador Bridge safety report

Rep. John Dingell thinks the public should see the maintenance report of the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, putting him at odds with the bridge’s owners, reports The Detroit News.

But Dingell is withholding release of the 2007 report he received last week pending a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Duggan.

From The News:

The Detroit International Bridge Co., which owns the bridge that is the busiest international crossing between the United States and Canada, filed a lawsuit Sept. 25 to prevent the release of the report, citing security and proprietary business reasons. …

Dan Stamper, president of the DIBC, said Friday he’s open to releasing a shorter safety report for the public in the next two weeks if his attorneys don’t see any liability concerns.

“The bottom line is the bridge is safe,” Stamper said. “We do a thorough, annual inspection of the bridge. In fact, our inspection is so thorough that that is why we are concerned about it being released.

“It has information on the vulnerabilities of the bridge structure that could be used by terrorists to figure out where the best place to attack the bridge would be.”