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Nursing student sues university after failing course – twice

So do you want a gal who can’t even pass an exam – twice – to be your nurse? I didn’t think so.

The Washington Post reports:

A nursing student at Misericordia University has filed suit against the university, claiming that the school broke federal law by denying her the ability to talk to her professor during an exam. …

[Student Jennifer] Burbella said that she suffered from a host of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and poor concentration, and that the university failed to make reasonable accommodations to her testing environment to account for her disability.

Specifically, Burbella claims that the university did not allow her to take the test in the same building as her professor and that when she was unable to reach the professor by phone during the final exam, she broke down crying “on several occasions” during the exam.

The suit raises some tricky questions about what accommodations are “reasonable” under federal disability law and whether Burbella can attribute failing her exam twice to her inability to speak with her professor during the test.

Young people today often blame their teachers for their failures. “But my teacher didn’t do” this or that, they say. Too often it seems the me-llennial generation has a problem taking responsibility for their actions – and failures.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.