DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A nursing student is suing
some Misericordia University officials after she failed to pass a course twice.
Jennifer Burbella of Stroudsburg said school officials failed to abide
by federal law.
Burbella was enrolled
at Misericordia University in Luzerne County, but her attorney
said because of disabilities including anxiety, depression, and stress, she needed help.
According to the federal lawsuit, Burbella asked for help including extended time to complete exams, and communication with a professor during a test.
She said Misericordia officials did not follow through on those things, so she failed to pass the required course, not once, but twice.
At one point, according to the lawsuit, Burbella tried to call her professor during the examination. When that professor did not answer, a witness saw Burbella “…on several occasions during the exam…breaking down and crying.”
Misericordia University officials told Newswatch, “We do not comment on matters of litigation,” but others are talking about it.
Burbella’s attorney said his client’s disabilities should not keep her from being a nurse.
“I think many people suffer from anxiety, depression, and those types of things who are doctors, lawyers, nurses,” said McGrath.“
According to the lawsuit, Burbella is seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages
, but her attorney said what she wants more than anything is a chance to take the exam again.
“She’s not looking for the university to ordain that she get this degree, she’s looking for a fair opportunity, which the statute
provides, to take the exam. If she fails it that’s her own problem and she has to deal with it,” said McGrath.