22 February 2011
Student accuses university of disability discrimination
The University of Salford has been accused of disability discrimination by one of its students.
Shelley Maxwell began studying military and international history at the higher education facility seven years ago.
However, she suffers from the chronic sleep disorder narcolepsy, which means she has difficulty concentrating and can often fall asleep throughout the day.
Ms Maxwell believes the support she received from the University of Salford to help her manage her condition was insufficient, which led to her academic results suffering.
The Office of the Independent Adjudicator, which deals with students' complaints against higher education institutions, said it could not determine whether this amounts to disability discrimination.
Ms Maxwell is therefore taking her case to London's Court of Appeal later this week.
According to the NHS, about one in 2,000 people around the world are affected by narcolepsy.
However, the organisation said the precise number cannot be determined as many cases are either unreported or incorrectly diagnosed.
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Posted by Richard Saunders