Former U of Missouri dental student sues school for reinstatement: 5 things to know


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Dismissed University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry student Afsaneh Momtahan is suing the institution for readmission or $1.75 million, according to the St. Louis Legal Record.

Five things to know.

1. Ms. Momtahan claims the dental school violated academic policies and breach agreements. Additionally, the former dental student claims the university violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2. The University of Missouri issued Ms. Momtahan a written notice of her automatic dismissal from the Kansas City School of Dentistry in May 2017, her second year.

3. According to the school policy, the university automatically dismisses students who receive lower than a 2.5 grade point average in two consecutive semesters. Ms. Momtahan earned a 2.225 during her first semester and a 2.326 in the second semester.

4. The dean of the university supported the decision of dismissing Ms. Momtahan, stating his concerns of her proficiency in English. The lawsuit states, "Despite the [school of dentistry's] concerns over the alleged language issue, the [school of dentistry] was aware of [Ms. Momtahan's] proficiency as an English speaker prior to [Ms. Momtahan's] admission to the [school of dentistry]," according to the St. Louis Legal Record.

5. The $1.75 million is based on the value of Ms. Momtahan's believed career earnings plus $2.8 million in expected bonuses.

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