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Correction: Mountain State-Lawsuits story


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — In some versions of a story Aug. 13 about a lawsuit involving Mountain State University students, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the University of Charleston had reached a settlement with the students. The settlement was reached with Mountain State University, not the University of Charleston.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Settlement reached in Mountain State lawsuits

Proposed settlement reached in lawsuits filed by former Mountain State students

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Mountain State University has reached a tentative settlement of lawsuits filed by former students against the now-defunct Beckley school.

The proposed settlement announced Wednesday by the University of Charleston would resolve hundreds of lawsuits and set up a compensation fund for former Mountain State students.

That fund would include $8.5 million from Mountain State's insurance carrier, money from the U.S. Department of Education and from expected income from the liquidation of Mountain State's remaining assets.

The students sued after Mountain State closed because it lost its accreditation. The lawsuits alleged school officials were deceptive about the problems the school was facing.

UC took over Mountain State's campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg so students could complete their degrees but will move out of facilities owned by Mountain State.

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