- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected a Towson University student’s bid to rejoin the football team after suffering a near-fatal heatstroke.

A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a judge’s ruling that Towson discriminated against Gavin Class based on his disability.

In August 2013, Class collapsed during practice and spent two months in the hospital undergoing 15 surgeries, including a liver transplant. The university refused to let him rejoin the team this year, saying he remains a high risk for another heatstroke.

The appeals court supported the team doctor’s conclusion that a return to action would be too risky. It also determined that accommodations proposed by Class, including close monitoring of his internal temperature, would require fundamental changes in the football program.

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