A federal judge has scheduled a trial date for a housing discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart filed an order this week scheduling the trial for Jan. 22, 2013.
The lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department alleges that the university unlawfully denied a student the chance to keep a therapy dog in her university-owned apartment to cope with depression and anxiety.
Federal authorities say university administrators violated the U.S. Fair Housing Act when they refused Brittany Hamilton's requests to keep a 4-pound miniature pinscher named Butch in the housing complex.
University policy bans pets other than fish from its housing, unless the student has a disability requiring a service animal or works on staff as a hall director.