Suit filed by Nigerian students against ASU dismissed

Suit filed by Nigerian students against ASU dismissed
The federal complaint was filed in 2016 on behalf of more than 30 Nigerian students

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A suit involving Alabama State University, and more than two dozen current and former Nigerian students has been dismissed.

On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ruled in favor of ASU. The judgment stated that the plaintiffs "have adduced no evidence to show that they were treated differently than other similarly situated students".

The federal complaint, filed in 2016 on behalf of more than 30 Nigerian students, claimed ASU absorbed finances allocated to the students by the Nigerian Government.

The suit was seeking for the court to order ASU to pay back the students what they were owed.

"Alabama State University is pleased with the Court's ruling and the dismissal of the lawsuit brought by the students who were seeking to obtain monies that the University contended belong solely to the government of Nigeria and not the individual students," said. Kenneth L. Thomas, general counsel for Alabama State University.

"We are focused on moving the University forward," said ASU President Quinton T. Ross. "We are proud of our relationships with our international students, and we will continue to be a university that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and cultures,"

According to Attorney Julian McPhillips, the students involved in the suit have not yet been consulted but will likely file an appeal.

"We strongly believe national origin discrimination against the Nigerian students occurred, but ASU developed a strategy to avoid litigation," McPhillips said.

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