The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 30, 2012

Settlement reached in MSU suit


Register-Herald Reporter

— A settlement was reached in one lawsuit against Mountain State University this week, but more than 200 cases are still open against the institution.

Christy M. Brewer, of Cape Charles, Va., filed a complaint against MSU in July 2011 for breach of contract, fraud, intentional misrepresentations, and infliction of emotional distress.

Brewer was accepted into the graduate nurse anesthesia program in December 2006. Her complaint cites multiple issues with the program, including having no access to a course syllabus, receiving incorrect grades, and being withdrawn from courses without warning.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Mehalic, said a confidential settlement was reached this week through mediation with U.S. District Court Judge Clarke VanDervort.

The Kanawha County Circuit Clerk’s Office confirmed more than 200 cases are still open against MSU.

Many of the remaining cases have been filed by nursing students who claim to have been kept in the dark about accreditation issues.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses voted in February to withdraw accreditation for the MSU Nursing Program effective Aug. 31.

The Higher Learning Commission initially voted to withdraw accreditation for the entire university Aug. 27, but after an appeal, the university will remain accredited through Dec. 31.

MSU will cease operation Dec. 31 and the University of Charleston will set up shop at the Beckley campus.

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