Ohio State University student Madeleine Entine should find out this week whether she and her valued roommate, Cory, can stay together at her sorority house.

Entine, a second-year undergrad, obtained a temporary restraining order Oct. 26 against the university, which decided that Cory, Entine's assistance animal, needed to move out of the Chi Omega sorority house because another student is severely allergic to dogs.

A federal judge heard arguments in the case last week and said he would decide this week whether to issue a permanent injunction against Ohio State that would allow Entine and Cory, an 8-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, to stay at the sorority house.

Entine sued under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. She said she suffers from panic attacks severe enough to restrict her breathing, cause her to hyperventilate and, at times, render her immobile. In some cases, she cannot walk on her own.

Cory is trained to react to her condition by climbing onto her torso. "Cory's presence on Ms. Entine's torso helps relieve her panic attacks and restore her ability to breathe and move," according to her complaint.

Chi Omega sister Carly Goldman said that because of Cory's presence in the house and Goldman's refusal to restrain his movements, Goldman's allergies are aggravated, which in turn aggravates her Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel ailment.

Goldman said that when she returned to the sorority house in August, her allergies flared. She could hardly breathe and couldn't sleep, and rashes formed on her body. She couldn't take antibiotics because of her Crohn's, an autoimmune disorder. The allergies aggravated the disease, leaving her constipated for weeks, Goldman said.

She then found out that there was a dog in the house. She said she had to avoid Cory in some areas where he was not supposed to be. Although he wasn't allowed on the second floor, where Goldman stays, Goldman's roommate would return from a room where she had unwittingly picked up the dog's hair or dander on her clothes.

"It's not a livable situation when you can't go to the bathroom for three to four weeks," Goldman testified in a hearing on Entine's request for a permanent injunction. "You about feel dead because you're so helpless."

Cory rested in Entine's lap while she watched Goldman's testimony last week.

The issue drew in L. Scott Lissner, the university's ADA coordinator. Lissner offered to move Entine and Cory to other university housing. Entine declined, saying the sorority house provides social relationships and living and dining experiences not available in campus house. Also, Entine said she has become a Chi Omega chapter vice president, which requires her to live in the house.

On Oct. 24, Ohio State informed Entine that its decision that she could not reside in the house was final.

Lissner said that because both women qualified for ADA protection, the only equitable resolution is to allow the student who signed up for her room first to stay. That was Goldman. Entine had to either leave the house with Cody, or the dog had to go. The university offered no appeal.

U.S District Judge Algenon L. Marbley will rule on Entine's injunction request.

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