Angry students join CT attorney general in fight against Stone Academy

Stone Academy abruptly closed in mid-February. The for-profit nursing school posted a sign saying its West Haven campus is closed.

Mark Sudol

Apr 7, 2023, 9:17 PM

Updated 376 days ago

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Connecticut's attorney general is taking action against a local nursing school.
Stone Academy abruptly closed in mid-February. The for-profit nursing school posted a sign saying its West Haven campus is closed.
"They had no right to hold people's dreams," said Stone Academy student Maclioni Lopez, from Norwalk.
Three students told News 12 they pre-paid a combined $40,000 to the school. They are wondering if the credits they are earning will be lost.
"We're in the dark, and we need some type of light to see exactly where we're going," said Stone Academy student Larry Smith, from Milford.
"We spend money, we spend time, we sacrificed time with our families. We sacrificed a lot," said Lopez.
The state has been taking a closer look at Stone Academy after concerns about examination rates, faculty qualifications and clinical training.
Stone Academy has blamed the Office of Higher Education for requiring the school to close on short notice.
Since the school closed, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has pushed Stone Academy for an audit of student's transcripts. But the owners of the school have ignored Tong.
"And that's not OK. That's utterly unacceptable," said Tong.
Now Tong has filed paperwork to force the owners of the school to comply.
"It's outrageous, and frankly we've been going hard after Stone Academy, it's owners, its founders, the people that run the place, the people that took millions of dollars from these students and left them hanging," said Tong.
There are 900 students still waiting for answers.
"I'm begging you to help us out," said Lopez.
Tong says students who are looking for answers can go to his online portal. He also suggests they contact the Office of Higher Education at 860-947-1816 or ohe.pcs@ct.gov.
Stone Academy also has campuses in East Hartford and Waterbury.


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