WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon July 9, 2012
Lawsuit Against Owensboro-Based Daymar College to be Heard in Daviess County
A federal judge has ruled that the Kentucky Attorney General’s lawsuit against Daymar College can move forward in Daviess Circuit Court. The for-profit college system is headquartered in Owensboro and has several campuses in Kentucky and one in Rockport, Indiana.
Attorney General Jack Conway filed suit against Daymar last July, alleging the system engaged in deceptive practices at its campuses, such as misleading students into thinking Daymar credits would transfer to other state colleges and universities.
The suit also claims Daymar enrolled students who did not meet admission criteria, and incorrectly told students using federal loan dollars they could only purchase books and other materials from the school’s bookstores.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports Daymar’s attorneys wanted the suit dismissed, saying the case is based on the state’s consumer protection law, which does not cover the actions of colleges. Daymar also wanted the case moved to U.S. District Court.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. declined to dismiss the suit, and said the matter should be heard in Daviess Circuit Court. Judge McKinley said the state court has jurisdiction in the matter, contrary to Daymar’s claims.