More than 600 students at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge’s College of Art and Design will receive refunds for course fees after an internal audit found that roughly $60,000 in such fees had been unlawfully collected since 2010, according to The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper. That inquiry was conducted after a faculty member, who is suing the university for wrongful termination, blew the whistle on the improper fees.
An LSU official confirmed to the newspaper that the refunds had been a direct result of the audit’s findings. He said a total of $62,590 would be refunded to 620 students. The university’s audit confirmed the faculty member’s claims and revealed that “more than $20,000 of student fees were used to purchase iPads, Mac Minis, and other equipment for faculty members,” according to the newspaper.