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To resolve numerous lawsuits against Mountain State University (MSU) by former MSU students (plaintiffs) without further protracted litigation, MSU and the plaintiffs have agreed to a proposed settlement of these

lawsuits and related matters.

The settlement is based on a pool of funds created

from MSU’s assets, insurance and other sources.

The regional campuses of the University of Charleston (UC) in Beckley and

Martinsburg, W.Va., have been located on real estate owned by MSU and leased

to UC since 2013. To provide settlement funds for the plaintiffs, MSU has agreed

to sell its real estate and the majority of the contents in the buildings. UC will not

be able to remain on this real estate and operate its regional campuses at MSU

facilities beyond the 2014-15 academic year. UC therefore must restructure its

academic program offerings.

“UC understands the need for the settlement and supports it,” said UC President

Dr. Ed Welch. “UC will continue to offer all but our culinary arts programs at the

UC-Beckley campus this year, and we will work with community leaders to

identify another location in Beckley to offer needed programs after this coming

academic year.”

In Martinsburg, UC will move its esteemed leadership programs to National

Guard facilities.

“On behalf of Mountain State University’s former students, we are pleased that

the parties were able to propose a settlement in this case,”

said Anthony J. Majestro, liaison counsel for the plaintiffs.

“Mountain State University has agreed to commit all of its assets to the proposed

settlement,” Majestro said. “The settlement, which must be approved by the court,

will finally end the litigation and allow the students to receive some compensation

for their losses.”

This proposed settlement releases MSU from any further litigation from former

MSU students, and MSU admits no wrongdoing as part of the agreement.

If the proposed settlement receives preliminary approval from the court, the

terms of the settlement will be provided to the affected parties, a hearing will be

scheduled and all affected parties will be given an opportunity to be heard on the

matter. Final approval of the settlement would come at a later date after the

process is completed.

For more information about UC, visit www.ucwv.edu.

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