July 28, 2017

Third Lawsuit Brought Against Troubled New Mexico Art School

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Three more students have filed a lawsuit against Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the four-year, for-profit art school that will close at the end of the upcoming academic year in May 2018. Robert Nott reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican that students—Rand Hadid, Blythe Brooks, and Dawndria Scherff—have accused Laureate Education Inc., the art school’s parent company, of fraud, for which the students are seeking damages to be decided in court.

This lawsuit follows two other legal actions against Laureate Education Inc. in the fallout of their decision to shutter Santa Fe University of Art and Design. A lawsuit filed in late April by three students alleges fraud and breach of contract. In June, an additional group of three students brought a class action lawsuit against Laureate Education Inc. claiming the Santa Fe University of Art and Design did not provide students adequate time to seek enrollment at other schools. All three cases were filed in New Mexico state District Court in Santa Fe. A spokesperson said the school would not comment on ongoing litigation.

Last week, Santa Fe University of Art and Design announced the appointment of a new president, Christine Guevara, “to ensure the [school’s] teach-out plan will be executed effectively.”

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