ROANOKE, Va. (AP) The state will pay 73 former Virginia Western Community College nursing students a total $2.4 million to settle a fraud lawsuit. Media outlets report that the plaintiffs’ attorney, John Fishwick, announced the settlement Monday.
The lawsuit claimed the former students were misled after the school didn’t inform them that it lost its national nursing accreditation. The plaintiffs were in the nursing program between 2005 and 2007. They argued that the state breached a contract for their education, harming their prospects for employment or for pursuing an advanced degree. Virginia Western says it wasn’t shown that the plaintiffs were negatively affected. But the college says settling the case and moving on is in the best interest of current and future students.