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United States v. Kent State University (N.D. Ohio)


On September 20, 2016, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. Kent State University (N.D. Ohio), a Fair Housing Act pattern or practice/election case.  The complaint, filed on September 16, 2014, and amended on December 12, 2014, alleged that Kent State University, the Board of Trustees of Kent State University, and four individual university officials violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to grant a reasonable accommodation in university housing for a student and her husband who requested to live with an assistance animal that ameliorated the effects of her disability.  The consent decree provides for $130,000 for the students and a local fair housing organization involved in the case, a $15,000 payment to the United States, and injunctive relief requiring the University to implement a policy on reasonable accommodations for assistance animals, as well as training and regular reporting.  The case was referred to the Department after HUD received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.

Press Release (1/4/16)
Press Release (9/8/14)

Case Open Date
Case Name
United States v. Kent State University (N.D. Ohio)
Civil Rights
  • Fair Housing Act
  • FHA
  • 5:14-cv-1992-JRA
  • Jill Church
  • Elizabeth Joseph
  • Brian Hellwig
  • Amy Quillin
  • emotional support animal
  • disability
  • dormitory
  • student housing
  • reasonable accommodation
  • hud election
  • pattern or practice
Industry Code(s)
  • None
Updated November 16, 2022