CHARLESTON — South Carolina’s only historically black public university says it has immunity and that those who sued alleging that South Carolina operates a segregated system of higher education have no standing to sue.
Current and former South Carolina State students earlier this year sued the state and the Higher Education Commission in federal court claiming a duplication of programs at other public universities hurts S.C. State’s enrollment and finances.
The school was later added as a defendant and responded last month.
The response says some of the allegations involve actions by the state or the commission, not the university, and that the statute of limitations has expired.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a special mediator to recommend a remedy for what it calls a segregated higher education system.