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Officials of former Mountain State sue commission

Local - 5/21/2014 10:10 AM

CHARLESTON - The former Mountain State University is suing an accrediting body over the loss of its accreditation.

The lawsuit says the Higher Learning Commission did not follow its policies, rules and practices when it revoked the university's accreditation in June 2012.

The lawsuit says the loss of accreditation forced the private Beckley-based university to close. Without accreditation, the university was no longer eligible for state and federal funding, including student aid.

Bridgeport Attorney Jack Merinar filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of three Mountain State board members.

The University of Charleston took over Mountain State's Beckley and Martinsburg campuses.


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