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Former Quinnipiac student sues school claiming unfair and discriminatory treatment

HAMDEN— A former student is suing Quinnipiac University over what she alleges was the school’s decision to expel her based on her need for disability accommodations ,.

Alexandra Faulkner alleges in a US District Court lawsuit that when she was in the university’s physician assistant program, she was penalized for “her Ukrainian ‘culture,’ criticized for her need for disability accommodations, ignored when she attempted to complain about unfair and discriminatory treatment by her superiors during clinical rotations, subjected to retaliation and harassment ”before ultimately being dismissed from the program.”


A spokesperson for Quinnipiac University said the university does not comment on pending litigation.

In the lawsuit, filed by Faulkner’s attorneys Felice Duffy of Duffy Law LLC in New Haven and Andrew Miltenberg of Nesenoff & Miltenberg in New York, Faulkner is described as a “qualified individual with a disability” according to federal and local laws.

Miltenberg said in a statement that Faulkner has experienced “significant damages” and wants to prevent similar situations in the future.

“Since arriving in this country from Ukraine, Ms. Faulkner has worked hard to better herself, live the American Dream and dedicate herself to caring for others, ”Miltenberg said. “With this lawsuit, Ms. Faulkner hopes to hold Quinnipiac University accountable and protect other students from experiencing this type of treatment. ”

Faulkner had been clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety before her family emigrated from Ukraine in 2004. Her anxiety and depression cause her to experience a variety of side effects, including rapid heart rate, muscle spasms, fatigue, headaches, changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping and “brain fog,” resulting in a decreased ability to think clearly or concentrate, according to the lawsuit.

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