Dr. Ranee Panjabi says there were other options to accommodate a hearing-impaired student in her class that were ignored before the issue exploded into a public controversy. An agreement signed with Memorial University in 1996 allows Panjabi not to wear a microphone and transmitter, but it also stipulates that MUN will provide an adjustable stand to hold the microphone and that Panjabi will deliver her lecture near the stand. William Sears has filed a human rights complaint about the matter, but Panjabi says he left before she could explain the mic stand option. Meanwhile, Panjabi says she has received abusive e-mails and phone messages since the controversy erupted. She speaks exclusively with NTV’s Lynn Burry.
MUN president apologizes to hard-of-hearing student