The complaint notes the valuable properties SCAD owns worldwide and contends the undergraduate is wrongly profiting off students through the pandemic.
“No matter the excuse, SCAD’s actions are unlawful and unfair,” Roehrkasse’s attorneys at Bowen Painter LLC wrote in the complaint.
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The complaint was filed April 28 in Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah. SCAD was alerted to the lawsuit this week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Roehrkasse’s attorneys said it’s had trouble processing the lawsuit with SCAD because the college’s Atlanta office where the complaint needed to be sent was closed.
SCAD said in a statement it did offer students full refunds. Students who completed a course this spring and aren’t satisfied will be offered a free retake of the course, SCAD’s website says.
“We do not comment on pending litigation, but plan to zealously address this situation through the legal process,” SCAD said. “The university announced two weeks before the Spring quarter started the need to move all courses and instruction online due to the virus. We wanted to be sure students had that time, as well as the first week of class, to decide whether they wanted to take classes in a completely online environment, or drop courses and receive a full tuition refund.”
The lawsuit asks for damages in an amount to be proven at trial, attorney fees and other expenses.