MSU administrator on student lawsuits: Bring it on

Sep 15, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charleston Gazette

Roslyn Artis, executive vice president at Mountain State University, told a group of nursing anesthesia students she isn't afraid of their lawsuits and that they should "bring it." CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Top Mountain State University officials intimidated and threatened students after learning they were going to sue the university, according to audio ... (more)

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#412 Dec 7, 2012
Lawsuit Filed By Former Nurse Anesthesia Student Against MSU Settles
December 07, 2012 lawmed No comments
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You may recall a lawsuit we reported on back in July of 2011, filed by a Nurse Anesthetist who is a former student in the now-defunct Mountain State University School of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia Program. This is the same program where MSU Vice President Roslyn Alrtis visited the classroom and threatened the students. In fact Christy Brewer, the individual who filed the lawsuit, was a member of that class and present in the classroom when Artis launched into her extraordinary presentation.
Her attorney, Jeffrey Mehalic, announced that a confidential settlement was reached last week through mediation with U.S. District Court Judge Clarke VanDervort. Brewer filed the complaint against MSU in July 2011 for breach of contract, fraud, intentional misrepresentations, and infliction of emotional distress. Even in litigation MSU continued its propensity for dishonesty and subterfuge, even claiming it was broke right down to exhaustion of liability insurance coverage. While we will likely never know the terms of the settlement, which is fairly common in such lawsuits, there is satisfaction for us all that MSU is no more. How the hundreds of other plaintiffs in lawsuits against MSU will fare remains a big question.
In her complaint Brewer listed a litany of jaw dropping allegations which turned out to be indicative of how MSU was being run and prophetic in their implications that MSU had major issues which no operating accredited university ought have. Here were some of the highlights:
Despite making multiple requests of Wayne Ellis, the program director, and the student handbook and university policy requiring it, Brewer did not receive a syllabus for any course during at least two semesters.
The program director refused to provide her with grades from completed work until the end of a semester and then advised her she failed a class, again in violation of university policy. He then provided her with answers to the final exam for her to take home, requesting she return at a later date and re-take the test….which she refused to do.
After that meeting, Brewer received notice that he withdrew her from all of the classes she took in the Fall semester including those she received a passing grade for…without her knowledge or permission in direct violation of university rules.
The class she allegedly failed had an incorrect grade calculation done by the director. She had not failed but it was too late. The next semester was underway and since all classes must be taken in order she had to wait for the next class of anesthesia students, delaying her graduation for another year.
On June 28, 2008, students in the graduate nurse anesthesia program, including Brewer, were required to attend a meeting with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA). The students, including Brewer, were told that any student speaking up at the meeting and causing trouble would be disciplined and would not graduate.

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#413 Dec 7, 2012
Ellis left the university under sudden and unclear circumstances. Ron Smith was hired as the new program director, but the bizarre behavior and events did not leave with Ellis. On or around March 17 and 18, 2009, Smith gave a Power Point presentation to his class of 13 students, including Brewer, at which time, believing that the class members had attended a meeting with lawyers about potential claims against Mountain State and him, told the class that he “hated” them and “wanted to kill all of” them and that “any student seeking legal advice would never graduate.”
The next day, after someone forwarded a private email between students discussing what was interpreted as a physical threat from Smith, to university officials, Roslyn Artis, university vice president and trained attorney appeared in front of the class demanding, in front of Smith, that any student who feels threatened come forward. She told them the university wanted to help them to feel safe by removing them from the program. Soon after Smith was also removed from his position as director, despite Artis proclaiming their program faculty was the “best of the best”. Actual audio of that rant is located HERE.
As part of the program all student were required to attend significant clinical experiences at multiple facilities. Ellis had made a point of letting the students know that they would never be required to travel more than 50 miles to a clinical site. Brewer, who lived in Charleston, West Virginia, clinicals for two months in Harlan, Kentucky (196 miles from Charleston); for three months in Lexington, Kentucky (175 miles); for two months in Huntington, West Virginia (48 miles); for one month in Cumberland, Maryland (227 miles); for one month in Hazard, Kentucky (169 miles); and for one month in Beckley, West Virginia (59 miles from Charleston). She was singled out for this treatment as apparent retaliation for her complaints.
Brewer graduated in July 2010. She accepted a position at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and signed an employment contract with the intent of also obtaining her PhD at UT. She requested that her transcripts be sent immediately to UT both for purposes of employment and acceptance into their PhD program. She happened to look up her final grades online and was surprised to see an “F”. The grade was issued for a course Ellis was teaching when he was removed and for which she was advised, by Smith, that a ‘withdrawn’ mark would be entered since no one else taught the course. Instead, he gave her an F. MSU sent a transcript which reflected a failing grade in the famous pharmacology course. Despite her urgent demands that the grade be corrected immediately and a corrected transcript be issued, MSU failed to do so in a timely manner. Brewer’s job offer and PhD prospects evaporated.
Read our initial full story about the lawsuit HERE. We said at the time:

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#414 Dec 7, 2012
The lawsuit claims damages from breach of contract, fraud, intentional misrepresentation, intentional infliction of sever emotional distress, breach of duty in good faith and fair dealing and negligence and requests actual damages to be determined as well as punitive damages for MSU’s intentional, reckless, wanton, and willful conduct in total disregard for Brewer’s rights. And, assuming the facts are true as presented, and with the departure of 2 program directors, probation and closing of the program they sure appear to be, Brewer is looking at a big win. MSU should be utterly ashamed and apologetic and if the institution has an ounce of integrity left they will take out their checkbook and enter into a fair and representative of their reprehensible behavior settlement.
The educators involved should never be allowed near students and a classroom again. The WV state Board of Nursing would serve the public well by investigating their licensees who violated the nurse practice act when they lied to students, expressed a desire to kill them, retaliated against them, threatened them if complaints were issued, etc.
Good luck Ms. Brewer. You are fighting a just cause and are to be commended in taking on the stress and burden of filing the lawsuit. It is a lawsuit that NEEDED to be filed on behalf of fairness, education, and just plain people not being lazy incompetent assholes everywhere.
Subsequently the Higher Learning Commission took action to strip the entire university of its accreditation effectively closing its doors forever. Any detractors of Brewer’s were eating crow as it became very clear that her allegations were factual and not some “sour grapes” from a disgruntled student. She did a service to her fellow students and nurse anesthesia education which should be recognized as brave and just plain ‘the right thing to do’. Law Med has had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Brewer on a few occasions. Her motivators, a keen sense of right and wrong and a respect for the profession of Nurse Anesthesia and the training of its future members, are very clear. There can be no doubt that she deserves the thanks of the nurse anesthesia community for standing up and putting herself out there despite a great risk of being labeled some sort of trouble maker. The anesthesia community can feel small at times, especially when controversy or scandal erupts. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, its ~40,000 members and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) owes her a debt of gratitude. Perhaps one day she will become a member of the Council. The COA could find no better candidate to represent the profession in ensuring nurse anesthesia education remains the high quality endeavor that is its history.

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#415 Dec 7, 2012

Ooops. It looks like only part copied. Above is the link for the entire details of the nitty gritty dirt.

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#416 Dec 7, 2012
I have a family member that has been affected by all this .....:(

I don't even know what to say.... everything has been a lie:(

It really is sad ALL the thing's that were done , and are still happening.

Madison, WV

#417 Dec 7, 2012
that black lady would look good if she waxed her mustache.

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#418 Dec 8, 2012

Students file lawsuits against Mountain State
December 8, 2012
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MARTINSBURG - After announcing the filing of 12 federal lawsuits on behalf of former Mountain State University students accusing the school of racketeering activity Thursday, Shepherdstown attorney Sherman Lambert Sr. filed five more suits Friday with the intent of filing five more Monday.

"They just keep coming," Lambert said.

Filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Martinsburg division, Lambert said the complaint alleges against five defendants: Charles H. Polk, former president; Mountain State University, Inc.; Mountain State University Building Company; Mountain State University Foundation, Inc.; and Mountain State University Endowment Fund, Inc.

The complaint, Lambert said, alleges defendants engaged in "widespread criminal enterprise consisting of a pattern of racketeering activity and conspiracy to engage in racketeering activity involving numerous racketeering acts during the past 10 calendar years."
(more details at the above link)
MSU Will Prevail

Charleston, WV

#419 Dec 9, 2012
Lets not forget the excellent programs that were there such as the DEL and MSSL and the bachelors in criminal justice. Good programs good faculty and high achieving students. The crap with nursing is unfortunate but there were good aspects of the school too.

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#420 Dec 9, 2012
MSU will not prevail. The HLC is now aware that administration had a party Friday and gave out precious resources. It is the same ol same ol at MSU. Thinking of employees before students. Where is the Student's party and accolades?
Bring It On LOL

Beckley, WV

#421 Dec 16, 2012
This audio tape should be written up in the Chron. of Higher Education and textbooks for years to come. It is a wonderful example of poor judgement.

Maybe Vanderbilt will lead the way.
Ms Mercedes

Beckley, WV

#422 Dec 20, 2012
Saw the Bring it On lady the other day driving in her black Mercedes. Is she still employed at MSU or did they let her go to?
MSU Fails

Beckley, WV

#423 Dec 23, 2012
Have they packed up yet?
It is a merry Christmas

Beckley, WV

#424 Dec 23, 2012
Many had their last day Friday. Its wonderful!

To all the arrogant mean spirited MSU employees. You are getting just the Christmas your deserve.

Merry Christmas and may your New Year be everything you deserve.

Yours truly from all the employees you dismissed, walked on, fired, pushed out, made fun of among others.
Please read carefully

Beckley, WV

#425 Dec 31, 2012
Please read this historic article. This behavior is a major part of the MSU legacy.

Beckley, WV

#426 Jan 1, 2013
I saw that piece of crap Ros Artis out shopping the other day.To add insult to injury, she pulled her Mercedes up to the door instead of parking it. I suppose she's too good to walk like the common folk! If I were her, I would never show my face in this town again! This just shows how arrogant she really is.

She and Polk, along with several others, should be burned at the stake! What a shame to have taken something that should have been a great thing for our city, and make a mockery of it!

Bluefield, WV

#427 Jan 1, 2013
So many of these apply:
God, Allah, Buddah, whomever, will sort it all out. We just have to wait.:+)

Beckley, WV

#428 Jan 1, 2013
You are so right!!!

Beckley, WV

#429 Jan 1, 2013
Sally26 wrote:
So many of these apply:
God, Allah, Buddah, whomever, will sort it all out. We just have to wait.:+)
I prefer Karma. Boy she sure is a b***h.
Lonely Leaders at MSU

Beckley, WV

#430 Jan 6, 2013
There is a little snow falling outside. Getting colder for sure.
Sassy Black Girl

Beckley, WV

#432 Jan 6, 2013
You are pathetic. The HLC put the blame just where it belonged. The upcoming Racketeering charges will clarify that fact.
cheezwiz wrote:
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cold like Aidas heart and cold like her ability to teach
wonder if Aida feels any regret for cheating us students

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