UPDATE: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit in 2007 WVU Degree Scandal

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 8/22/13
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed the latest lawsuit against West Virginia University over a 6-year-old master's degree scandal involving the daughter of former governor, now U.S. Senator, Joe Manchin.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey issued an order Wednesday dismissing all three counts against WVU's former academic integrity officer, administration officials and Board of Governors.

Former business school dean Stephen Sears and former associate dean Cyril Logar argued that WVU ignored its obligation to repair their tarnished reputations since an academic-misconduct investigation ended.

They accused WVU of breach of contract and denial of their due-process rights. It was their third lawsuit in four years. All have failed.

Last summer, WVU said there would be no further action against anyone involved in altering transcripts, creating grades and awarding an executive master's degree to Heather Bresch.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/22/13
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley has disqualified herself from a lawsuit over a 6-year-old West Virginia University degree scandal involving the daughter of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

Keely's order cites a federal statute requiring judges to step aside if their impartiality could reasonably be questioned.

Keeley is a past member of the WVU Board of Advisors - now the Board of Governors - and served on the WVU Alumni Association board.

Judge John Preston Bailey will hear the case of former business school dean Stephen Sears and former associate dean Cyril Logar.

They say WVU has ignored an academic integrity policy requiring "diligent efforts" to restore the reputations of people cleared of misconduct.

The scandal involved an executive master of business administration degree given to Mylan Inc. CEO Heather Bresch.


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