“The fallout was catastrophic”
Students claim that trying to transfer in order to continue their education was horrible. The lawsuit is about privacy violations.
Mass Live reports:
Former students file suit against Mount Ida College alleging negligence, privacy violations
Former students of Mount Ida College filed a class action lawsuit against the school Monday, six months after the college abruptly closed.
The lawsuit names as plaintiffs the college, the board of trustees and five representatives of the college and board.
“The fallout was catastrophic,” the lawsuit states of the college’s decision to close in May. “Among numerous consequences, students were faced with finding an alternative institution to meet their educational goals to which to transfer – a daunting task given that transfer deadlines for most institutions had passed or were imminent; many students were left with degree programs that were discontinued or credits that could not be transferred; and many students lost their scholarships and other forms of financial aid.”
MassLive first reported Mount Ida was in acquisition talks with University of Massachusetts Amherst in early April, days before the institutions announced a deal that had UMass purchasing the 74-acre campus in Newton.
The suit alleges the college violated student privacy and was negligent in its representation of college finances to current and prospective students.
Academic data was shared with UMass Dartmouth officials by Mount Ida without authorization from students, according to the lawsuit.
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