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Nurses win damages over school’s loss of accreditation

A Roanoke County jury has awarded $53,800 apiece to most of 16 former nursing students who said their nursing school failed to tell them when it lost its accreditation.

The verdict against the state caps a nine-day trial and three and a half years of litigation.

And there may be more to come. The 16 plaintiffs are only the first group of a total of 75 former students of Virginia Western Community College who claim school officials defrauded them and breached a contract for their nursing education. A second trial is scheduled for February, reports The Roanoke Times.

-Posted by Peter Vieth