Rally planned as Memorial University reviews case of hearing-impaired student

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Supporters of a hearing-impaired student who says he wasn’t accommodated by Memorial University of Newfoundland say an apology and promised review are not enough.

Third-year student William Sears is pursuing a human rights complaint after a history professor refused to wear an assistive hearing device due to religious beliefs.


The FM transmitter is intended to help Sears hear class instruction.

The students’ union is planning a rally at the St. John’s campus Wednesday and is urging participants to express their “outrage.”

Leah Robertson, the union’s director of advocacy, says the university mishandled the case and that highlights bigger problems.

She says the school must do a better job of ensuring students with special needs have full access to education.

MUN president Gary Kachanoski says arrangements should have been made for the student before he arrived in class earlier this month.


The Canadian Press