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Case Name Settlement Agreement Between United States of America and Louisiana Tech University DR-LA-0001
Docket / Court DJ #204-33-116 ( No Court )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
A blind college student at Louisiana Technical University ("Louisiana Tech") filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice against Louisiana Tech alleging that he was discriminated against based on his disability, in violation of Title II of the Americans with ... read more >
A blind college student at Louisiana Technical University ("Louisiana Tech") filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice against Louisiana Tech alleging that he was discriminated against based on his disability, in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. § 12132. Specifically, the student alleged that his instructor at Louisiana Tech, a public institution, adopted an inaccessible internet-based application called MyOMLab for numerous aspects of coursework for thereby discriminating against him by denying him the ability to participate in course in violation of the ADA. The student claimed that as a result of the professor's adoption of MyOMLab and the failure of the professor or the vendor of MyOMLab to provide an accessible version of MyOMLab a month into the semester, he was forced to withdraw from the course. The student further claimed that in another course the same instructor provided inaccessible hard-copy versions of assignments that were not converted to an accessible format until days after the assignments were distributed to the class, denying the student access to course materials equal to his non-disabled classmates in violation of Title II of the ADA.

On July 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, Louisiana Tech, and the University System of Louisiana entered into a settlement agreement. The agreement provided that, among other things, Louisiana Tech would adopt a policy that would only adopt technology, use web pages, and applications that were accessible by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 level AA standards. Louisiana Tech was required to conduct periodic audits to ensure compliance with these standards. Louisiana Tech agreed to pay the complainant $23,543.

Brian Kempfer - 06/01/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Defendant-type
College/University
Disability
disability, unspecified
Visual impairment
Discrimination-area
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Barrier Removal
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Reasonable Modifications
School/University Facilities
School/University policies
Screen readers and similar accessibility devices
Test or device
Testing
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Louisiana Tech
Plaintiff Description blind college student
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2013 - 2018
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials 07/23/2013
DR-LA-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 07/23/2013
DR-LA-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Hill, Eve L. (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Langford, Anne E. (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Ruisanchez, Alberto (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Guice, Leslie K. (Louisiana)
DR-LA-0001-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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