2006 News Story

Students win case against university

The Court of Grievances Saturday found the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University guilty of defrauding students and ordered it to pay SR90 million [$24 million] in damages to the students, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sunday.

The case was brought by some of the more than a thousand students who each paid SR25,000 [$6,666] for an English diploma course from an institute supervised by the university.  According to newspapers advertisements, those passing the two-year course would receive a diploma recognized by the Ministry of Civil Service and qualify as elementary school teachers.

The court ordered the university to refund the tuition fees and pay damages at the rate of SR1,500 [$400] for each month of study.

The judge dismissed the cases against the Ministries of Civil Service and Education.