Supreme Court Hears Randolph College Co-Ed Case

April 14, 2008

(AP) The Virginia Supreme Court has heard arguments in two cases challenging a formerly all-female college's decision to start enrolling men.

Randolph College in Lynchburg formerly was known as Randolph Macon Woman's College. A lawyer for nine female students told the court Monday that the change amounted to a breach of contract because promotional materials and admission letters touted the college as an all-female institution.

However, a lawyer for the college argued that promotional materials do not constitute a binding contract.

In the second case, a lawyer for some students and donors said donations that were intended to support a women's college can't be spent on coeducation.

A Lynchburg judge dismissed both lawsuits. A Supreme Court decision is expected in June.

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