GVSU's Response To Student Who Wanted Guinea Pig In Campus Apartment Was Misguided, Lawsuit Says

Monday, June 25, 2012

Grand Valley State University attempted to “limit the rights” of students when it failed to follow federal guidelines by not accommodating a student who asked to keep a guinea pig in her campus apartment for emotional support.

That’s according to the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, which this week filed a response to GVSU’s request that the center’s federal lawsuit against the university for violations of the Fair Housing Act be dropped.

“The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan has tried – unsuccessfully – to educate and convince the Defendants that the Fair Housing Act … (does) indeed apply to their on campus programs,” according to the Fair Housing Center.

“Yet for reasons not articulated – or stated publicly – Defendants continue to act under the misguided belief that they can selectively choose which federal law with which they will comply,” the center said.

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