Yale Students, Alumni Reach Settlement Agreement to Resolve Lawsuit Against Yale University
The Bazelon Center, along with co-counsel Disability Rights Connecticut and Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., represented the Plaintiffs, two Yale students and Elis for Rachael, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group, who brought this case to address Yale’s decades of discrimination against students with mental health disabilities in violation of federal law.
The settlement agreement, approved by the court on August 28, 2023, requires Yale to implement significant policy changes to increase equity for students with mental health disabilities, including streamlining and clarifying procedures for medical leave, allowing students on medical leave to retain access to health insurance for up to one year, reducing reinstatement requirements, and, for the first time, offering part-time study as a reasonable accommodation.
Yale has also agreed to create a brand-new “Time Away Resource” – a year-round, non-evaluative staff member who will help students understand relevant policies, access resources, and navigate the medical leave process.
Read the Elis for Rachael Inc. v. Yale Settlement Agreement – ECF Stamped
Read the Settlement Agreement Fact Sheet
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