Pa. nursing student who failed class twice sues her university

    A nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult to concentrate is suing a Pennsylvania university after she twice failed a required course.

    Jennifer Burbella says her Misericordia University professor didn’t do enough to help her pass an adult health patterns class.

    She says the professor gave her a distraction-free environment and extra time for her final exam but didn’t respond to telephoned questions as promised.

    Burbella says the lack of help caused her to break down crying.

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    She says the Catholic school near Wilkes-Barre gave another disabled student better accommodations. She says her treatment violates a federal disability discrimination law.

    The Citizens’ Voice reports the Stroudsburg woman is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

    A Misericordia spokesman tells the newspaper it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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