University Response to Petition Concerning A Disabled Student With Tourette’s


The University of Southern Indiana is aware of a petition formed about a USI student that has received a number of signatures. Due to FERPA and HIPAA regulations, the University will be unable to comment directly on any individual student case.

However, what we can say is the University has a responsibility to protect the safety and wellbeing of all students, employees and campus visitors to the best of its ability. We also deeply value and support diversity and inclusion for all. There is a strong history of providing services and academic accommodations to support the needs of students in a variety of situations. It is the policy of USI to be in full compliance with all federal and state non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws, orders and regulations relating to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

As such, we appreciate the outpouring of concern and support by those commenting on the limited details provided in the petition as well as those who have provided direct feedback to us. USI will always make decisions with care and concern for individuals at the forefront. To the extent that the larger campus community may be affected by an individual, the University must always consider the safety and good of the whole.



  1. I resent the fact that some of my tax money will be used to defend USI’s position. If sued, USI will be found to be in error. Who will pay for their representation? You guessed it! The State of Indiana.

    I have been in a college science class with a classmate who was spastic. He took notes and took tests using a typewriter. Yes, clackety clack for an hour at a time, but we were adults and were able to block out the clatter. Are your students too ignorant to block out a minor disturbance?


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