NCSU reaches legal settlement with disabled student over her support animal, a cat

NCSU had denied Auman’s request to keep her emotional support animal, a cat named Kifree, in her dormitory room as a reasonable accommodation for her disability.

News Story (North Carolina)

Jacob Rosenberg
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
October 11, 2017

Tags: Disability Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)


The university agreed to pay $3,000 to Auman as part of the settlement, according to an NCSU spokesman. Auman was not available for an interview Wednesday, a spokesman for Legal Aid said.

George Hausen, executive director of Legal Aid, said NCSU “is to be commended” for implementing a new campus Assistance Animal Policy.

“The Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid is committed to ensuring that students in university housing, just like all residents of North Carolina, are afforded the protections of the Fair Housing Act,” said Jack Holtzman, co-director of the project. “Those protections include making accommodations for students with disabilities who need emotional support animals in order to have an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of university housing.”