I am a graduate student at Ashford and was 4 weeks into the 2nd to last course for my MBA. I was traveling abroad in Laos and had a severe motorcycle accident which I notified the university about a day or two after the accident. After making it back to the US and having facial reconstructive surgery done I found out that the university had kicked me out of the program for "lack of attendence." I asked for an Incomplete but that was turned down even after sending medical records from Laos, a Bangkok hospital, and my records from the VA Hosptial in Portland, Oregon. Now they have told me that it could take up to 30 days for me to get back into the program; basically just making me sweat.
I am not sure what you would hope to accomplish by suing, assuming that some colorable ground for suit could be stated. It will take much much longer than 30 days to initiate and resolve a lawsuit. And as for "making you sweat," there is nothing more uncertain than a lawsuit, especially since you would first need to amass several thousand dollars to fund the suit.
It sounds like you have what attorneys call a "bureaucratic hassle" ("b.h."). A bad b.h. can be very difficult: maddening, lengthy, aggravating, and hard to get resolved once and for all. Even so, the b.h. is vastly easier to see through and conclude than is a lawsuit, and generally a thousand-fold cheaper, too. I would not counsel that you consider bringing a suit until you have exhausted the possibilities of resolving this problem through a victory in the b.h.
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The issues with for profit colleges can be more complex than they appear on the surface. For example did you sign a contract of some type which more or less will make you responsible for payment even though they "kicked you out?" Did you obtain a student loan or get assistance as a veteran? There are web sites which show the default rates on student loans from various colleges by state. I highly recommend you look at one of those sites to see what the default rate is for Ashford University here in Oregon. You might want to compare those default rates with those for other non-profit colleges and even against other for profit colleges here. You might find you have larger issues than you are currently aware of.
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