A group of more than 120 faculty and staff members have filed a motion in one court case supporting the efforts of Amherst County Attorney Ellen Boyer to enjoin the closure and plans to disburse the college's charitable funds.
Separately, more than 50 faculty members have filed a lawsuit challenging their dismissal at the end of the school year, seeking to stop the closure, and requesting more than $40 million in damages.
Sweet Briar's president shocked students, faculty, alums and the higher education community in March by announcing that a strategic plan had led to the conclusion that the school was not viable in the long term and instead should close at the end of the semester.
According to The Washington Post, "The faculty lawsuit argues that the college does not, in fact, have a financial emergency. During the past five years, the case asserts, net assets rose from $126 million to $135 million while the endowment grew from $85 million to $95 million. During the same time period, according to the case, debt dropped from $42 million to $25 million."