Former PHD student accuses UBC of discrimination based on physical disability

October 5, 2016

A former doctoral student from the University of British Columbia's music program has filed a lawsuit against the university claiming that she was discriminated against based on a mental and physical disability, reports Simona Chiose of the Globe and Mail. The student in question will have her case brought to mediation at the BC Human Rights Tribunal this month. The student alleges that during her PhD study, she developed a physical ailment that prevented her from sitting for long periods of time. She alleges that the department did not properly accommodate the ailment by recognizing that she would need additional time to complete her degree, and that it unfairly increased the requirements for completing her degree. Globe and Mail