Officials of former Mountain State sue commission

CHARLESTON (AP) — The former Mountain State University is suing an accrediting body over the loss of its accreditation.

The lawsuit says the Higher Learning Commission didn’t follow its policies, rules and practices when it revoked the university’s accreditation in June 2012.

The lawsuit says the loss of accreditation forced the private Beckley-based university to close. Without accreditation, the university was no longer eligible for state and federal funding, including student aid.

A commission spokeswoman told the Charleston Gazette that no one would comment on the lawsuit.

Bridgeport attorney Jack Merinar filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of three Mountain State board members. He tells the newspaper that the lawsuit tells a different side of the accreditation story.

The University of Charleston took over Mountain State’s Beckley and Martinsburg campuses.

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