U department faces discrimination charges

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights, a Minnesota state agency, is charging the University with discrimination on behalf of second-year occupational therapy student David Molohon.
Molohon is alleging faculty members in the Program for Occupational Therapy discriminated against him on the basis of his sex and his disabilities stemming from Gulf War Syndrome.
Molohon was dismissed from the program in January and has since been attending class on appeal. The President’s Student Behavior Review Panel, the University’s highest appellate court, determined Molohon was dismissed without being allowed to properly defend himself and granted him a retrial.
However, the panel found his claims of discrimination and harassment were not supported by the evidence he presented.
Molohon’s retrial will be held today at 2:15 p.m. in the Law School.
Department of Human Rights officials were unavailable for comment.

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