Charlotte Observer, Details Emerge in Nasty Fight Between Feds and Charlotte School of Law:
Charlotte School of Law said this week it rejected a government agreement that would have restored millions of dollars in federal loans because the terms betrayed its students’ futures.
On the same day of that statement, a group of students filed the third class-action lawsuit accusing the school of already doing similar damage.
The contradictory allegations add to the deepening uncertainty swirling around the uptown school as it prepares to reopen Monday. No one knows for sure how many students will show up. ...
On Wednesday, the education department accused the school of reneging on a deal that would have restored some of the lost student loans. ...
On Thursday, the school fought back. In a statement to student, faculty and alumni, school President Chidi Ogene and Dean Jay Conison accused the Department of Education of “grossly” misrepresenting the loan negotiations and of making demands that would “deprive our students of the ability to continue their legal education” School leaders allege that the government’s plan they rejected would have allowed third-year students graduating in May to get their diplomas, but it would have left the academic paths of the other students in jeopardy. ...
In dispute between the two sides are the terms of a so-called “teach out” plan, which federal law requires to protect students when their school is closing. To restore students loans, the Department of Education apparently demanded that Charlotte School of Law close immediately and allow its teach-out partner, Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, to take over instruction. Charlotte School of Law refused. “We are disappointed for CSL students and remain hopeful that CSL will choose a path that mitigates harm for those impacted by CSL’s misconduct,” said Ted Mitchell, the department’s under secretary of education.
Ogene and Conison, however, say the government’s plan would violate North Carolina law by requiring a Florida school to take over an educational program licensed by the state. A teach-out plan could only work “if we remained an active institution ... albeit under the supervision of the teach-out school,” the school leaders said. They accuse government leaders of “pushing on with its goal of precipitously closing (CSL) without regard for the harm that would cause our students.”
They said they hope to get a fairer hearing when the Trump administration takes over the department.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- It Begins . . . Department Of Education Cuts Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School, Effective Dec. 31 (Dec. 19, 2016)
- More On The Department Of Education's Decision To Cut Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School (Dec. 20, 2016)
- Students, Faculty React To Department Of Education's Decision To Cut Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School (Dec. 23, 2016)
- Students File $5 Million Class Action Lawsuit Against Charlotte Law School (Dec. 24, 2016)
- Editorial: 'Unconscionable' Leaders Hid Charlotte Law School's Problems To Keep Revenue Flowing; 'Catastrophic Fiasco May Destroy Lives Of Hundreds Of Innocent Students' (Dec. 29, 2016)
- Charlotte Law School Works On Transfer Plan With Florida Coastal As Rumors And Lawsuits Swirl After Feds Cut Off Student Loans (Jan. 5, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School To Reopen Jan. 17, Despite Feds' Decision To Cut Off Student Loans (Jan. 9, 2017)
- Charlotte Dean Fires Associate Dean For Academics And Faculty Development Who 'Acted As Shield Between InfiLaw And Faculty And Students' (Jan. 10, 2017)
- Is Doomsday Imminent For Charlotte Law School? Is The ABA Going To Do Anything About The Other 2 InfiLaw Schools? (Jan. 11, 2017)
- Leef: Feds Should Eliminate Student Loans For All Law Schools, Not Just Charlotte (Jan. 15, 2017)
- The Demise Of Charlotte Law School Resurrects Talk Of New Law School At University Of North Carolina-Charlotte (Jan. 16, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School To File Teach-Out Plan With ABA To Protect Students As School Shuts Down (Jan. 18, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School Fires Two-Thirds Of Faculty And Staff, Abandons Teach-Out Plan As Negotiations With Department Of Education Collapse; Classes Begin Jan. 23 (Jan. 19, 2017)