A federal judge ordered Johnson County Community College to reinstate a nursing student who had been dismissed for posting a picture of a human placenta on Facebook.
U.S. District Judge Eric F. Melgren ruled against the college on every legal point it raised.
Doyle Byrnes, 22, will be allowed to take the final exam she missed in the fall and to enroll in the new semester that begins Jan. 19.
Byrnes was one of four students who were dismissed from the nursing program after they had themselves photographed with the placenta on Nov. 10. The college said they could reapply to the program in August.
Byrnes is engaged to be married in August and planned to move to Virginia with her husband and work there as a registered nurse.
She was in federal court today seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to force the school to reinstate her before classes resume.
Melgren said a key issue was that the students believed they had been given permission to post the photographs. He said the college had not established that that was a clear violation of professional conduct.
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