CHARLESTON — A student is suing a university and its former president, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of promise.
Marissa Barrow filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against University of Charleston and Dr. Erwin H. Welch, alleging they failed to fulfill the promise to refund the plaintiff's tuition fee.
According to the complaint, on April 8, Barrow was promised by Welch that her tuition for the spring semester would be refunded to her in the fall if she refrained from taking legal action. The suit says she had been awarded a scholarship in the morning by Welch but then was expelled later that day for allegedly copying and sharing an exam from a nursing course.
The suit says Barrow did not bring legal action but Barrow has not received her refund. The plaintiff alleges Welch, in a voice mail, admitted that there had been discussions regarding the refund but no further action has been taken despite several communications between the plaintiff's and the defendants' counsel.
Barrow seeks trial by jury, a monetary amount to fully and fairly compensate her for damages, court costs, attorney fees and all further appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney Mark W. Carbone of Law Office of Mark W. Carbone PLLC in Charleston.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-1234