The University of Central Lancashire has made an out-of-court payment to a former student over her claims of disability discrimination.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, suffers from a range of mental health problems, which she says were fully disclosed when starting a combined deaf studies and counselling psychotherapy masters degree.
She argued she was unfairly labelled “unruly” by education bosses because she repeatedly asked for extra support for her condition.
She said: “They said I was unruly and suspended me from the course after three months.
“From there, they then excluded me and referred me to a psychiatrist.
“I started legal action, and we have settled out of court. It’s not the money that motivates me, but the fact that I want to expose how UCLan treat disabled students.”
The payout amount has not been disclosed.
Because the course was the only one of its kind in the country, the student reapplied to join the course, but said the university refused, on grounds that she was unfit.
This lead to a further law suit, which was won by the university.
The woman added: “I’m a bit stuck now on what degree I do, because it was so specialised.
“Because I can’t go back to UCLan, I will now have to look at getting a lower degree.”
A spokesman for UCLan said the university was aware of the case, and although it disputes some of the details given to the Evening Post, it is subject to a confidentially agreement.
He said: “We cannot comment on this individual case because the matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement between both parties.
“We do however take the needs and welfare of our disabled students extremely seriously and we have robust procedures in place to cater for their requirements.”