NASHVILLE (CN) – Eight Daymar Institute students sued the for-profit college group for $25 million, saying it deceived them about everything from its job placement services to transferability of credits, and gouged them on textbooks at the campus bookstore.
Lead plaintiff Elizabeth Dean claims she are her co-plaintiffs were induced to take on substantial debt for tuition, only to be taught by “highly unqualified faculty” with “little or no knowledge of the subject matter,” which included medical and dental assistance and medical billing, paralegal studies and IT support.
The defendants are Draughons Junior College dba Daymar Institute, Daymar Holdings, Daymar Properties of Clarksville, Daymar Properties of Murfreesboro, Daymar Properties of Nashville, the Daymar Colleges Group, and Mark A. Gabis, of Owensboro, Ky., president of the college group.
The students say that throughout their time at the school, the faculty and administrators made fraudulent statements about “job placement, accreditation, credit transfer, quality of education, costs of education and the terms and availability of student loans and other financial aid.”
A class action with 135 plaintiffs made similar claims against the Daymar Colleges Group in September 2001.
Dean and her co-plaintiffs seek reimbursement of their student loans and compensatory and punitive damages for conspiracy, breach of oral and written contract, breach of implied contract, fraudulent inducement, fraud and misrepresentation.
They are represented by H. Douglas Nichol of Knoxville.