Mount Ida College faces federal class-action suit

Mount Ida College is being sued by former students – six months after the small private college abruptly closed its doors.

The federal class-action lawsuit filed Monday claims Mount Ida officials purposely hid how dire the school’s financial straits were to stop students from enrolling somewhere else or dropping out.

According to the suit, officials knew something was up financially as early as 2014 but kept offering substantial merit-based scholarships. Mount Ida also accepted new students just weeks before it closed its doors.

The college ultimately announced a deal with the University of Massachusetts in April to sell its assets, then sent student records to UMASS Dartmouth for automatic admission. The suit claims this violates privacy laws because the students were neither notified, nor gave permission to release this sensitive information.

Mount Ida College and its Board of Trustees sent a statement: “The allegations by three former students, which rely upon incorrect information published erroneously in old media stories and statements twisted out of context, are meritless and will be vigorously defended by the College, its former officers, and its trustees, all of whom worked compassionately and tirelessly to provide realistic transition opportunities for all students following the College’s closure, and fully cooperated with the Attorney General’s investigation.”

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