Thursday, September 20, 2007

Supreme Court takes R-MWC cases

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review the decision of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College to admit men after all.

Students and graduates opposed to the decision filed two suits challenging the action in Lynchburg Circuit Court, one alleging breach of contract because the college had promoted its status as an all-woman institution in recruiting students and in soliciting contributions, and the second contending that the college had changed its charitable purpose without first getting court approval.

Both suits were dismissed on demurrer, and a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court rejected a request to review the contract claim. However, the plaintiffs filed a request for a rehearing, and the court agreed this week to hear the claim at the same time it decided to review the charitable immunity claim in the first instance.

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