Quadriplegic student must hire full-time helper or move out of dorms

A Tupelo quadriplegic is wrangling with East Central University officials over whether he can live in the campus dorms.

Joshua Jackson, 35, an East Central University junior, was notified Oct. 21 he could not live in the dorms unless he hires an assistant to stay overnight. He must move out by Dec. 12 if he doesn’t have one. Campus officials say the decision is a matter of safety. Jackson says the $11,000 a year it would cost to pay for an assistant is not within his means.

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