Current and former students at South Carolina State University have filed a federal lawsuit against the state, accusing it of illegal discrimination against the institution and the black students it serves, The State reported. The lawsuit argues that the state of South Carolina caused enrollment declines by failing to provide enough money to the university, and by approving duplicative programs at other public colleges. Last week, a legislative committee in South Carolina approved a measure to shut the historically black university for two years, saying that its financial problems required a fresh start. Critics said that the plan would effectively kill the institution and that even floating it could scare away some prospective students.
More than 1,000 supporters of the university rallied Monday at the State House against the closure plan -- vowing that the university would not be closed.
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