On February 3, 2017, Dean Jay Conison sent the following update about its proposed Teach-out plan to Charlotte's dwindling student body (reportedly down to 268 from 712 this fall, according to the school's most recent ABA 509 Report).
From: Jay Conison
Dear Charlotte School of Law Students,
Charlotte School of Law has filed its Teach-Out Plan with the ABA. The Plan is required by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and will be reviewed at the Council’s March 10-11, 2017 meeting. It is also required for eligible students at Charlotte Law to regain access to Title IV funding.
Implementation of the Plan has begun. The Plan’s purpose is to fulfill the School’s obligations to its currently enrolled students, and it is projected to run until December 2019, the last anticipated graduation date of any students currently enrolled. The Plan calls for Charlotte Law faculty and staff to deliver the educational program here in Charlotte.
Under the Plan, Florida Coastal School of Law will be the teach-out partner, providing quality assurance and support for the academic program, as well as career and student services.
Under the Plan, Florida Coastal will disburse Title IV funds to eligible students during the teach-out period. Charlotte School of Law will still be your degree-granting institution.
We will provide additional information after the ABA review of the Plan. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
President Chidi Ogene and Dean Jay Conison
It is not clear if this is just a contingency plan filed with the ABA because it is required to be filed, or if InfiLaw has really made a decision to close the school. There is certainly nothing on the school's website homepage (as of the time of writing this post) that makes it appear that the school is no longer accepting applications or otherwise plans to close. I suspect the ABA may have serious reservations about having a school that just failed the DOE's Gainful Employment Test and has had similarly exploitative admissions practices (Florida Coastal Dean Scott DeVito assures me that those practices are a thing of the past and that the school has substantially raised admission standards this year), and has a poor and rapidly declining bar pass rate, exceedingly high attrition rates, and woeful job placement rates providing "quality assurance" over academic support and support for career services. Another reason to object to Florida Coastal's oversight is that many of Charlotte Law School's woes are directly traceable to Dennis Stone, the current President of Florida Coastal who was formerly Interim Dean (the faculty refused to approve him as Dean) and later President of Charlotte Law School through May 2013, when InfiLaw shifted him over to Florida Coastal. President Stone was the architect behind the predatory admission practices at both schools, which were designed to meet Sterling Partners' return on investment expectations rather than ABA Standard 501.
It is also not clear that DOE will agree to allow Florida Coastal to disburse Title IV funds to students at Charlotte Law School. If DOE has already agreed to do so, I would have expected Charlotte Law School to say so.