I'm attending a fire academy through my local college. I have met every requirement and passed everything I need to pass in order to graduate. During week 8 of the 15 week course we got fit tested for SCBA masks (which are masks that allow us to breath in a live fire environment) and my face was too small to fit the mask. Due to not being able to fit a mask I'm not allowed to participate in live fire week which is what allows me to get my firefighter 1 certificate which was the whole reason for taking the course. We've tried a few different brands of masks and I don't fit any of them. Fitting a mask was never a requirement. The school was supposed to provide that material. We were specifically informed at the beginning of the semester not to get fit tested because we would do it as a class during the semester. Now I've wasted a whole semester of my life, lost my ability to do the career I'd like to do and all the school wants to do about it is "buy back" materials from me to "soften the blow". I spent around $2000 on just supplies alone which most of cannot be bought back because they were rentals. The school is doing nothing for me.
I am sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, the school cannot waive safety rules in such a matter. You have an argument, but the school does as well. I don't know how much the course cost, but it may not be cost effective to hire an attorney to sue (I doubt you'd be able to get one any way but hourly). Hopefully, they change their sequence and do this on day 1 for newer classes.
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