SCC gets its day in court

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By Nick Schrager

Editor's Note: A portion of this article was inadvertently left out of the Wednesday, March 23, edition of The Springfield Sun. We sincerely apologize for this error.

Saint Catharine College’s day in court last week proved to be very constructive for the college’s desire to be reimbursed for tuition that was withheld by the U.S. Department of Education over the course of three semesters. 

Around 100 people showed up to support the Roman Catholic college, something SCC President Cindy Gnadinger was not surprised to see. 

“We have great support for this college and it was heartening to see the number of people who were there, but I am not surprised at how many people love and support Saint Catharine College.”

After opening comments made by both parties in the federal courthouse in Louisville, Judge Greg S. Stivers elected to have the case move into mediation. Parties took turns going behind closed doors to talk with Stivers in order to reach a mutually agreeable solution. 

According to Gnadinger, Stivers asked that a team from the DOE visit the college this week to work with administration on the school’s files. 

“We’re very pleased to host them on our campus and work through any lingering issues that we may have,” Gnadinger said in a phone interview. “It is very good news.”

A teleconference was scheduled for April 4.

“After they come next week, we should be in very good shape for the remainder of the funds we are seeking,” Gnadinger said, “And he [Stivers] wants just a status update on where we are on April 4 with making sure the payments have been made and we are all in agreement that we’ve met the requirements of the Department of Education.

A press release sent to The Sun by Peritus Public Relations states the DOE has agreed that the programs which were in question will be eligible for federal student aid going forward. 

Gnadinger added that she’s confident the court proceedings are moving on a positive path.

“We’re looking forward to moving forward,” Gnadinger said.