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Woman discharged from nursing program cannot sue for defamation

When Bridget Garwood was kicked out of the Baker College nursing program, she sued for defamation and for the return of her $60,000.00 in paid tuition.  The College argued that since she failed three consecutive classes, its administrative process of termination was appropriate and not defamatory.  Garwood argued that the failures and ultimate termination were improper because the were influenced by the animosity and false statements of her instructor, defendant Anne Viviano.

The Court examined the record and concluded that while Viviano had mis-stated some events, there was "substantial truth" to her assessments, protecting both her and the College from claims of defamation, conspiracy and invasion of privacy.

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