NC State reaches settlement with student over support cat

Kifree the cat (Photo: Legal Aid of N.C. via WNCN)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — She can keep the cat! A North Carolina university has reached a settlement with a disabled student who wanted to keep her emotional support animal in her dorm room.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Laura Auman filed a federal discrimination complaint last year against North Carolina State University, saying she was told she couldn’t keep her cat Kifree in her residence hall. Auman argued that her assistance animal constitutes a reasonable accommodation for a disability.

George Hausen, executive director of Legal Aid of North Carolina, said the school agreed Wednesday to pay Auman a $3,000 settlement and to train staff on the federal Fair Housing Act. He says Auman wasn’t available for an interview. Her disability wasn’t specified.

A university spokesperson didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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