UPDATE: 3:10 p.m.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has pledged his support to students affected by the shutdown of Mid-Continent University.
"My office is closely monitoring this situation and is working with the Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education and MCU's accreditor, the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools to ensure that every effort is made for students to graduate or finish out the semester on May 10. If the school cannot meet its obligations to students, my Consumer Protection Division will work with students who may have concerns about the transfer of their credits to other institutions, their legal rights and student loans." - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
Conway also directed staff to send letters today to MCU administrators informing them that they have an affirmative obligation to maintain all records during dissolution and that they are subject to criminal liability for the intentional destruction of any records.
The Office of the Attorney General has set up a website to assist students, which will be updated with the latest information available for students. A dedicated hotline, 502-696-5485, has also been set up for students.
Mid-Continent University is facing an operational shutdown June 30, leaving the school’s students to start looking elsewhere to finish their degrees. Murray State officials say students should have no problem transferring their course credits to MSU.
The Mayfield-based Christian institution’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to immediately lay off the entire staff, although some volunteers are aiding some of the 2,500 students to continue until graduation May 17th.
Murray State Transfer Center Director Maria Rosa says transfer students' credits would be accepted regardless of Mid-Continent’s private institution status, so long as the school’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools remains intact after closure.
“Mid-Continent and other schools like them, when they are accredited by SACS, which is our same accrediting agency, then we look at those courses as fully transferable. So any college that was regionally accredited, would find that their courses were are fully transferable to Murray," said Rosa. "So long as the course were taken while SACS accreditation is in place, then there is no problem with the courses transferring.”
Students looking to transfer should have their school send an official transcript, but Rosa says an exception could be made for some students given the school’s upcoming closure.
“We were prefer that students ask, in this case Mid-Continent, to send their official transcripts directly here to our office, but in light of the times, if a student can obtained a sealed official transcript and get it to us, even if it’s hand-carried, we can certainly work with them," said Rosa.
MSU will be holding an open house for incoming freshmen, graduate and transfer students April 24th at the Kentucky Rural Electric office in Mayfield. Rosa says those who apply on-site will have their $40 app fee waivered.