A 21-year-old sued his former university in Beijing on Thursday after being expelled from the school because he has a rare blood disorder.
Zheng Qing (pseudonym) was a freshman at the China Institute of Industrial Relations until he was officially dismissed on January 6, four months after he’d been pressured to drop out of school because he has hemophilia, a blood condition that slows the clotting process and can result in prolonged bleeding from injuries.
The former student filed a lawsuit against the school in a Haidian district court on Thursday, although it’s unclear whether or not the court will hear the case, according to Zheng’s lawyer, Wang Qiushi.
“This is the first case of education discrimination over rare diseases,” Wang told the Global Times.
The university defended its decision in a China Education Daily report, citing a guideline issued by the Ministry of Education in 2003 stating that “universities could refuse the admission of students who have serious blood diseases, and endocrine, metabolic, or rheumatic diseases.”
Wang argues, however, that the seriousness of such diseases are not specified, and most likely apply to students who are unable to care for themselves.