Attorney For Freshman with Tourette Syndrome Breaks Down the Lawsuit Against USI

The University of Southern Indiana is facing a federal lawsuit over discrimination -- that lawsuit stems from officials asking a student with a medical condition to leave campus in fall 2020.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 9:57 PM

University of Southern Indiana freshman Seth Pressler, who has Tourette Syndrome, was asked to leave campus and finish his schooling online last October.

This came after some students complained about him having what they called "offensive" outbursts -- saying things like “I have a gun” or “I have a bomb.”

These tics are the uncontrollable movements and unwanted sounds brought on as symptoms of Tourette Syndrome.

"I just think it's a little bit ridiculous,” said USI sophomore Jolie Hooper. “He can't control it. He didn't deserve to be sent away from USI."

Pressler was told he had only five days to leave campus and was required to quarantine in his dorm room.

"He wasn't allowed to go on campus for class,” his attorney, Jeremy Schnepper said. “He wasn't allowed to go get food. He wasn't allowed to do anything. And luckily he has a good family -- so they came down and got him on the 13th rather than make him wait for five days without food or anything."

Now, after months of continuing his virtual studies at home in Noblesville, Pressler is ready to take a stand.

And many students have come to Pressler’s defense -- organizing protests and signing a petition in support of his return to campus -- which now has over 32,000 signatures.

"I hope that he would come back but he probably wouldn't,” Hooper said. “And I understand that -- it wasn't fair to him."

The University of Southern Indiana said they will not comment on this case as litigation is still pending, but they must respond to the suit within 21 days of receiving the summons.

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