Palmetto Sunrise: New lawsuit adds to S.C. State’s questions

Grace Beahm/Staff South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. The Charleston Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University is holding its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Add a new lawsuit to the confusion and questions swirling around South Carolina State University’s future.

Students and alumni of the embattled school have filed a suit against the state in federal court, The Associated Press reported. They say state leaders hurt the university by letting other schools run similar programs, meaning S.C. State didn’t have a niche to draw students.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C, echoed that claim in comments he made last week.

It’s not clear how the allegations will play in Columbia, since the state has until next week to respond to the allegations and the legislature is on a holiday break.

Still, the suit adds a new question to the university’s future, which is already marked by uncertainty. The school’s former president, Thomas Elzey, has filed a breach of contract suit against trustees, and legislation calling for its board’s ouster is working through the General Assembly.

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