Concordia University faces class-action lawsuit

Concordia University abruptly announced that it would be shut down at the end of spring 2020, catching students by surprse.

A Concordia University student is suing the private college, saying he was misled about the university's financial status. William Spaulding's lawsuit was filed Monday, Feb. 10, in Multnomah County Circuit Court. He has asked the court to make the lawsuit a class action so it could apply to dozens of others like him who want refunds on their tuition.

On Monday, Feb. 10, the private, nonprofit Christian university in Portland abruptly announced plans to close by the end of the academic year. In a statement and video, university Interim President the Rev. Thomas Ries said the college's board of regents voted the prior Friday, Feb. 7, to cease operations at the end of the spring 2020 semester.