A third year history-major at Memorial University in Newfoundland is looking to file a human rights complaint after one of his professors refused to wear a sound-transmitting device so he could attend her class. William Sears is hard of hearing and asked his professor if she could clip an FM transmitter & microphone to her body – the sound is picked up and transmitted to his hearing aid. Professor Ranee Panjabi says her Hindu beliefs prevent her from wearing the device and this isn’t the first time she’s come under fire for refusing to accommodate a student with a disability. In 1996, she made headlines for a similar situation. While the university has noted they have a duty to accommodate every student with a disability, there are “rare circumstances … where a student’s request for an accommodation engages a competing legal right.” Sears said, “What she’s claiming is ultimately a choice. I cannot change my physically disability. With all the power in the world, I cannot make myself not hard of hearing.” Sears has switched to another class, with a more accommodating professor, but is hoping other students won’t have to deal with a similar situation. Who should have won in this situation? Religion or disability?