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Former Mountain State University Suing Accrediting Body

Mountain State University

Officials with the former Mountain State University are shifting their attention to a lawsuit against an accrediting body.

Trustee Elmer Coppoolse tells The Register-Herald that Mountain State officials wanted to ensure the campus was in good hands before focusing on the lawsuit.

Last week, West Virginia University announced that it plans to buy Mountain State’s campus in Beckley.

Mountain State’s federal lawsuit alleges that the Higher Learning Commission didn’t follow its policies, rules and practices when it withdrew the university’s primary accreditation in June 2012.

In court filings, the commission says Mountain State failed to assert sufficient facts to maintain a majority of its claims. The commission also says the school’s request for re-accreditation is moot.