Student sues GVSU, says she needs pet for support

A student is suing Grand Valley State University for the right to keep a guinea pig on campus for emotional support.
AP Wire
Apr 2, 2012

Kendra Velzen said GVSU is violating federal housing rules. The 28-year-old from Grand Rapids said a guinea pig helps her cope with physical and emotional challenges.

The lawsuit said the Allendale school backed off a bit and let Velzen have a guinea pig while a complaint was pending with the Michigan Civil Rights Department.
But her lawyer said that accommodation could change anytime. Stephen Dane said he wants the school policy declared illegal so his client and other students can benefit.

GVSU officials said today they haven’t seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.



Any 28 year old adult that needs support from a guinea pig needs a lot more than a lawyer, unless of course her guinea pig is a lawyer. This must be an April fools joke a few days late.


She should consider online classes so she can stay HOME with her rodent.

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