A group of professors, alumni, and students of Cooper Union is suing to block the prestigious New York City college’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition in the fall, the New York Daily News reported.
In a lawsuit filed in a state court in Manhattan on Tuesday, an advocacy group called the Committee to Save Cooper Union accuses the college’s leaders of bad financial decisions, including spending too much on new buildings and overborrowing. The lawsuit asks the court to block any tuition—both this year and permanently—and to order a financial audit of the college.
In a written statement on Tuesday, Justin Harmon, a spokesman for the college, said that the decision to charge tuition had been “tremendously difficult” and that the neediest students would get more financial aid. “We are disappointed that the Committee to Save Cooper Union would choose costly litigation over constructive conversation,” he added.