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Online petition calls on State to take action against Harrison College

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – An online petition on Wednesday neared its goal of 3,000 signatures from those who want the State of Indiana to take punitive action against the leaders of the now-defunct Harrison College.

The petition walks through the process that shut down the for-profit school earlier this month and the effect it has had on students — most of whom attended campuses in Indiana.

It reads, in part:

Harrison students are displaced. Some students paid cash for the Fall semester and were told that they would not be getting their money back. Some students with private school loans are not eligible for loan forgiveness due to a school closing…

Students… may have to start their entire college careers over! Some students are single parents with unforgivable student loan debt and need to feed their families with no future means of support. Teachers also need to feed their families. NO ONE is standing up for students, or willing to make this right. Students entrusted Harrison College with their money and time and have been left with nothing in return. Some will never get either one back.  Students close to graduation had to turn down job offers from employers. Demand that the State of Indiana take action against Craig F. Pfannenstiehl and EMC, NOW!

As of late Wednesday morning, 2,925 people had signed on to the petition, which is addressed to the offices of the governor, attorney general, inspector general and others.

Harrison College announced it’s near-immediate closure on Sept. 14. Officials posted a notice to students on the college website that evening and said updates would follow.

No updates have been posted since that time.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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