“Student Who Sued GVSU Over Campus Pet Rule Honored”

by Walter Olson on April 29, 2013

First the complaint, then the money, now the public accolade: as we noted last month, student Kendra Velzen filed a complaint — and got a $40,000 settlement — after administrators at Grand Valley State University in Michigan declined to allow her emotional-support guinea pig to live with her in the dorm, even though she had a doctor’s note for it. Now the “Fair Housing Center of West Michigan has given … Velzen its annual Outstanding Effort by an Individual award. The group says Velzen was honored for promoting ‘equal housing opportunity for university students throughout the country.'” The center has a previous connection with the case, having assisted Velzen in her complaint. [AP/WILX]


1 Rusty Bill 04.29.13 at 9:44 am

Sorry, maybe it my mostly-Conservative values talking, but if someone needs an “emotional support” critter to function, then they have no business being allowed out of the house without close, adult supervision.

2 ps 04.29.13 at 1:51 pm

honouring mediocrity since 1979.

3 Bob Lipton 04.29.13 at 2:19 pm

I’m sure hamsters all over the world are breathing easier.


4 Small Government Guy 04.29.13 at 2:29 pm

When emotional support escorts make their appearance, I am going back to school.

5 Bill Poser 04.29.13 at 6:21 pm

It’s guinea pig, not a hamster. One important difference is that guinea pigs are good to eat. :)

6 John Burgess 04.29.13 at 10:38 pm

@Bill Poser: Just because guinea pigs are meatier doesn’t mean that hamsters aren’t very tasty in their own, cute little nubbins way!

Four and twenty hamsters will make a very nice pie.

[I wish I'd been smart enough to declare my textbooks support creatures. That would have made a few exams considerably easier. Today, though, I guess it'd be my WiFi-connected iPad.]

7 marco73 04.30.13 at 1:46 pm

I wonder if in a few years there will be the Velzen effect, where a person has difficulty seeking employment because a simple google search will bring up thousands (millions?) of results for “cash settlement for emotional-support guinea pig.”

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