Eleven years ago, while crossing a street, Karan Alexander was struck by a vehicle driven by distracted driver and suffered a spinal cord injury. As a result of the accident, she lost the use of her legs and relies on a wheelchair to get around. Remarkably, after several months in a hospital and several more of rehabilitation, she returned to SUNY Dutchess to successfully complete her associates degree in nursing. She then was certified as a Registered Nurse by New York State and has been an R.N. for the past nine years.
Recently, she applied and was accepted to SUNY Alfred’s BSN remote nursing program. The program was particularly attractive to Karan because classes would be held at SUNY Dutchess, near her home. However, when the nursing program’s director learned that Karan uses a wheelchair, she told her she could not be a nurse and could not continue in the BSN program. Karan explained that she already is a nurse and that there was no reason she could not complete the BSN program. But the college did not change its decision barring her from continuing.
Karan is suing SUNY Alfred in federal court for disability discrimination, represented by Christopher D. Watkins. The NY Post ran a story about the case shortly after it was filed last month: https://nypost.com/2018/04/02/nurse-in-wheelchair-sues-suny-for-alleged-expulsion-over-disability/