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Globe University sued by former, current students in class action suit

Five current and former Globe University students filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against the for-profit school and its affiliated partner Minnesota School of Business.

The students, Melissa Beck, Sarah Beck, Cherida Brom, Reginald Holmes and Alexenderia Romig-Palodichuk, are representing students who attended Globe since 2007, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The lawsuit alleges Globe, which is based out of Woodbury, misled students about its accreditation standards, job placement rates and transfer opportunities to other institutions.

“Most of the people that we represent have paid Globe tens of thousands of dollars and they are unable to find jobs using their education, unable to transfer their credits,” said Scott Carlson, attorney for Halunen and Associates, the firm representing the students. “Every dollar they paid to Globe was a waste and they ought to get it back.”

The firm also represented former Globe University dean Heidi Weber in a whistleblower suit against the school, where a Washington County jury awarded her $400,000 in damages.

Current and former students began contacting the firm during Weber’s public fight, Carlson said, to discuss their potential legal grievances.

“The students were telling us remarkably similar stories,” he said. “So we decided to investigate a class action on behalf of current and former students.”

The students filing the lawsuit represent a wide range of classmates who attended various campuses and enrolled in different programs at Globe.

Globe University officials released a statement Wednesday in response to the lawsuit:

“This is unfortunate and we are saddened that these students chose to handle their concerns in this way. Lawsuit aside, as a college you never want to hear that a student is unhappy with their education. Although it is disappointing that even one student has something unfavorable to say about our schools, we know the sentiment of these five individuals does not reflect all, and we will not allow it to cast a black eye on the thousands of students proud to be a member of our schools.

“We have been committed to student success for decades and will do whatever it takes to protect our students, schools and those working hard every day to support both.”

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.