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UPDATE: University of Charleston reassures Beckley students and staff that they are here to stay

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Settlement reached in MSU lawsuit Settlement reached in MSU lawsuit

 The University of Charleston announced at a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 that a settlement had been reached to resolve lawsuits filed by former students of Mountain State University.  MSU lost its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in 2012.  The campus in Beckley has been leased by University of Charleston since it took over in 2013.

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The settlement is based on a pool of funds that would be created from MSU's assets, insurance and other sources.  UC President Dr. Ed Welch, announced that MSU has agreed to sell the real estate in Beckley and at a campus in Martinsburg, WV to provide funds for the settlement agreement.  As a result, UC-Beckley will not be able to stay on the site of the current campus past the 2014-15 academic year. 

"UC understands the need for the settlement and supports it," said Dr. Welch. "UC will continue to offer all but our culinary arts programs at the UC-Beckley campus this year, and we well work community leaders to identify another location in Beckley to offer needed programs after this coming academic year."

UC has issued a statement saying that the institution has no plans to leave the Beckley area. The settlement means that the school must find another place to hold classes and officials said that the process to do that has already begun.

"We are very sensitive to the fact that many people may see this as a repeat of the MSU situation, but it is not" said Public Relations Specialist Carrie Stollings. "The proposed settlement simply means that we nee to find another location, but we plan to be in Beckley for a very long time."

Stollings went on to say that UC-Beckley is hoping to not only offer the current courses, but to expand they the institution offers the region as well.  You can share your ideas for potential new locations to set up the UC-Beckley campus on our Facebook page.

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"On behalf of Mountain State University's former students, we are pleased that the parties were able to propose a settlement in this case," said Anthony Majestro, who is a lawyer working for the plaintiffs.

The proposed settlement releases MSU from any further litigation from former MSU students and MSU admits no wrongdoing as part of the agreement.  The settlement must still be approved by the court.  If that happens, the terms of the settlement will be given to the affected parties, who will have an chance to speak up on the matter at a scheduled hearing.  Final approval of the settlement would come after the process is completed.