Two key players in a master's degree scandal at West Virginia University nearly six years ago have filed a second federal lawsuit against the university.
Former business school dean R. Stephen Sears and former associate dean Cyril Logar are accusing WVU of breach of contract and denial of due process after they lost their positions and are demanding that their reputations be restored. Mr. Logar remains a professor at WVU.
University spokesman John Bolt Wednesday declined comment on the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.
WVU was rocked and its president and provost also lost their jobs after administrators falsified records and awarded an MBA degree retroactively to Mylan Inc. executive Heather Bresch. Ms. Bresch, daughter of then-West Virginia governor and now U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, had claimed she earned the degree in 1998.
A panel of academics, hired by WVU after a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story raised questions about the degree, concluded that Ms. Bresch had not earned an MBA and that the school improperly altered her transcript to cover for her. The university subsequently rescinded the degree.
An earlier civil rights lawsuit filed by Mr. Sears and Mr. Logar was dismissed in 2011. The two men claimed their actions in the MBA matter were coerced.