A whistleblower suit against Chapman University is scheduled to go to trial this November. The suit alleges that the school, which received federal and state aid, misrepresented the number of hours students attended classes, making it ineligible to receive that aid.
The suit was brought by three former Chapman professors under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Chapman unsuccessfully tried to have the lawsuit dismissed twice in 2006 and is expected to move for dismissal again.
Chapman has 6,000 students at its 26 satellite campuses, known as “University College,” according to its website. The Orange-based university has scaled back in the past 15 years by closing more than 30 additional campuses, most of which were located on military bases.
These developments were reported in the August 2, 2007 issue of OC Weekly.
We had posted an item about the suit on May 31, 2006.