U of I student dismissed for failing to comply with Covid-19 testing

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Champaign-Urbana, Ill. (WCIA) —

“I was not testing because I had kidney problems and I was scared of getting Covid-19,” Antonio Ruiz, dismissed from the University of Illinois, said.

That’s the emotional response from one former student at the U of I. He was dismissed for failing to comply with Covid-19 testing. He’s the second student to be dismissed for that reason. We’ve brought you his story before, but now we’re hearing directly from him.

Antonio Ruiz says he has health problems so he did not want to get the tests. He was worried he would get the virus while out getting tested, and hardly left his apartment.

He says he has appealed the university’s decision, but we have covered another student who had a similar situation just months ago. That student appealed and was re-instated. Ruiz hopes the same can be done for him.

“In my view, my dismissal was a function of systemic ableism,” Ruiz said.

The university says federal privacy law prevents them from discussing a specific student’s disciplinary case. The university went on to say Ruiz’s appeal will be heard and decided by a panel of students, faculty, and staff.

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