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Mountain St. lawsuit mediation unsuccessful

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State court officials say attempts to settle several hundred lawsuits filed against Mountain State University were unsuccessful.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy told The Charleston Gazette that three days of court-ordered mediation wrapped up Wednesday without resolution.

The students sued after the school closed its doors because it lost accreditation. Their lawsuits allege that school officials were deceptive about the problems the school was facing.

The Higher Learning Commission revoked the school’s primary accreditation in June 2012 after years of failing to correct major problems in leadership, program evaluations and campuswide governance.

The lawsuits have been assigned to the state court’s mass litigation panel.

MSU is the first higher education institution in West Virginia history to have its school-wide accreditation revoked.

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