GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen from South Korea is suing the University College of the Atlantic, claiming he was barred from attending classes and that he suffered severe mental health problems.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday, Evan C. Hwang claims that he was told he could not attend classes and suffered from severe mental illness while at the UWI, which he attends on a scholarship.
Hwang, an American citizen, is a junior at UWI who graduated in May.
He is pursuing a master’s degree in neuroscience.UWI said it had no comment.
The U.C. Berkeley graduate student, who also has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, filed a lawsuit against the university last month, claiming the college discriminated against him and his family by not granting him a visa.
Hawk, who has been enrolled at the school for more than two years, said he had a doctor’s appointment at UWC last week but was denied the visa.
“I was told, ‘This is a college of the highest quality, but you cannot bring your child into the classroom because you are not in the class,'” Hwang said.
Hangs mother said she was told that students are required to be in class to receive the visa, but she said she didn’t know if that meant students who had just graduated from the college.
Hang said he did not have a lawyer.
The university denied Hwang’s claim, saying he is entitled to his due process rights and is entitled “to an opportunity to present a reasonable explanation for the circumstances under which he was denied entry into the United States.”
Hwang said he has been living in the U.N. refugee camp in Jordan for more or less three months, but he is unable to return to the UWC because of his health condition.
He said his father is currently in Jordan.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of lawsuits filed against UWC and other U.U. schools that have been accused of failing to provide students with adequate access to a college education.
Last month, UWC was accused of discriminating against Asian students by not allowing them to participate in an Asian Studies seminar held in a dormitory during a period of high demand.
In April, an Indian student, Suman Kumar, filed suit against the college claiming she was denied a U.B.C.-approved visa to attend a class.
In April, a federal judge in New York said UWC had violated the U-TRAIT Act, a law aimed at protecting U.R.I. students from discrimination by the UU and other schools.