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Expelled U of L Nursing Student's Hearing Canceled

LOUISVILLE, KY -- A hearing was canceled yesterday on former University of Louisville nursing student Nina Yoder's motion to reverse the school's decision to expel her because of her personal blog entries, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Saturday edition.

Yoder's lawyer, Daniel J. Canon, said the hearing, scheduled before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III, was called off at the request of U of L, which claims it's too late in the semester to reinstate her.

Canon says Yoder disagrees, and that she should be reinstated at least for the summer or fall semester.

"Hopefully we can wrap it up rather quickly so Ms. Yoder can go back to school," Canon said. No new hearing date has been set.

John Drees, a university spokesman, noted that the end of the semester is less than two weeks away and the process for hearing the case would have taken longer than that.

The nursing school expelled Yoder on March 2, saying her MySpace postings "regarding patient activities" and identification of herself as a U of L nursing school student violated the nursing honor code.

Yoder said in the lawsuit that her expulsion violated the First Amendment, that no patients were identified on her MySpace page and that school officials dismissed her because of false concerns by other students that she might have had a gun.

Yoder, a former U.S. Army medic, enrolled in 2007, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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