The State newspaper reported on April 17, 2007 that Benedict College agreed late Sunday afternoon to settle a lawsuit brought by a professor concerning an academic policy. Former Benedict professor, Millwood Motley, sued the college in 2004 alleging that he had been fired because he had refused to implement the Success Equals Effort “SEE” policy. This policy’s grading system gave greater weight to effort and participation than to academic achievement.
Professor Motley alleged in his lawsuit that the president of Benedict College, David Swinton, had ordered him to utilize the system to make sure that a higher number of students would qualify for state and federal scholarship programs.
The terms of the settlement are confidential and both sides claimed victory.