BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's College of Art and Design will begin refunding more than $63,000 to 620 current and former students who were unlawfully charged fees for art courses dating back to 2010.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/YbCUE1 ) the refunds partially validate claims made by former digital arts instructor Margaret Herster, who filed a lawsuit last month alleging that LSU fired her after reporting what she called the School of Art's theft of more than $75,000 from students.
Herster's lawsuit triggered a review from LSU's Office of Internal Audit, which ultimately determined that the School of Art charged students a collective average of $28,000 each year in unapproved course fees going back several years.
LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said both former and current students will receive refunds beginning Friday.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com