Tyler Junior College Sued by Disabled Student for Discrimination

Joel Brakken Feb. 21, 2014

A disabled student is suing Tyler Junior College, asking the court to require them to repair buildings and entrances to adhere to the American with Disabilities Act.

Olivia Levoy filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Tyler Junior College, citing violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and violations of the rehabilitation act.

According to the complaint, Levoy is a qualified individual with a disability under the ADA as she sufferes from spinal muscular atrophy and requires the use of a wheelchair for mobility. She claims that as a student at Tyler Junior College, she was denied full, safe and equal access to certain facilities on campus.

In specific, the complaint claims the defendant has failed to adhere to the ADA regulations for buildings including the student center, library, conservatory building, financial office, Genecoy Building, the drinking fountains, ramps, cafeteria, book store, Jenkins Hall, Health & Physical Education Hall and the Walter Wise and Emma Wise Cultural Arts Center.

Levoy is asking the court to declare the university facilities discriminatory and in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, among other claims.

She is being represented by Birmingham attorney Edward I. Zwilling of Schwartz Roller & Zwilling.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 6:14-cv-00106