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Woman says UC breached contract, knew of her criminal record

By Kyla Asbury | May 18, 2017


CHARLESTON – A woman is suing the University of Charleston after she claims it breached its contract with her.

Christie Brandon enrolled as a student at the defendant’s university in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program as offered and advertised by UC, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Brandon claims certain representations were made by the defendant upon which she relied when she enrolled and paid for classes that would meet the prerequisite of the program.

The plaintiff was enrolled in classes with the intention of entering the occupational therapy assistant program and was required to take the necessary prerequisite classes in Beckley at that campus and the travel commitments required the plaintiff to resign from her work at a local physician’s office, according to the suit.

Brandon claims after completing the necessary prerequisite classes, she attempted to begin her core course classes and was accepted into the program in May 2015.

In Fall 2015, Brandon was told she could not complete the program because of her criminal history and was informed that it prevented her from being enrolled in specific OTA classes and being licensed in the area, according to the suit.

Brandon claims despite having full knowledge of her criminal background, the defendant failed to inform her that she could not complete the course of study for which she was enrolled.

The plaintiff relied upon the defendant and its employees when she enrolled and paid for classes and has been damaged as a result of the representations not being fulfilled, according to the suit.

Brandon claims the defendant breached its contract with her and violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Brandon is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Paul M. Stroebel of Stroebel & Johnson.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 17-C-528

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