Columbia, MO

Emotional support animal owners experience housing problems

November 17, 2015
Several residents have faced problems trying to get their landlords to recognize their emotional support or companion animals.
     Chloe Martinez had her therapist write a note so her dog, Cash, could be her emotional support animal. Martinez, 23, is a recent University of Missouri graduate who said she got the idea from a friend after she started battling mental health issues.
     “It was my sophomore year of high school, and I was dealing with a lot of anxiety," Martinez said.
     She said Cash helps her deal with social anxiety when she is in public and has helped her through some very hard times.

Greektown fails to meet ADA standards

August 25, 2009
Panhellenic Association President Caroline Vastyan said as far as she knows, none of the Greektown chapter houses are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but she said there was a disabled woman participating in recruitment.
     "Membership and participation shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability," the Missouri Panhellenic Association's Constitution states to guarantee recruitment is open to all students.
     The Americans with Disabilities Act requires any residential housing to employ reasonable accommodation when housing a person who is disabled. Reasonable accommodation can be anything from renovating buildings to suit the needs of the disabled, to providing appropriate aids and modifying schedules or equipment.
     Under the clause of reasonable accommodation, as well the PHA constitution, the chapter houses at MU are therefore obligated to meet the needs of disabled students with appropriate structures and equipment inside each house.
     Homer Page, chairman of the Columbia Disabilities Commission, said the federally administered ADA does not exclude the privately owned chapter houses, which function mainly as a housing program.

Security may trump privacy of U.S. foreign students

November 26, 2001
Engineering student Ali Al-Qahtani wonders what U.S. authorities want with his grade reports, and he chafes at the prospect of having to carry a card identifying him as a visitor from Saudi Arabia.
      A newly enacted U.S. law increases scrutiny on Al-Qahtani and others among the half-million foreign students studying at U.S. colleges and universities -- creating worries that repercussions from the September 11 attacks will infringe on their privacy and other accustomed freedoms.
      After U.S. investigators learned that at least one of the 19 airline hijackers entered the United States on a student visa, they began demanding foreign students' records.
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