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Feb 21, 2013 12:26 PM by AP

LSU to give art students refund

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's College of Art and Design will begin refunding more than $63,000 to 620 current and former students who were unlawfully charged fees for art courses dating back to 2010.

The Advocate reports the refunds partially validate claims made by former digital arts instructor Margaret Herster, who filed a lawsuit last month alleging that LSU fired her after reporting what she called the School of Art's theft of more than $75,000 from students.

Herster's lawsuit triggered a review from LSU's Office of Internal Audit, which ultimately determined that the School of Art charged students a collective average of $28,000 each year in unapproved course fees going back several years.

LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said both former and current students will receive refunds beginning Friday.

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