Sweet Briar students, faculty protest outside president’s home

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) – Sweet Briar College’s decision to close continues to roil the central Virginia campus.

A sit-in protest was held outside the president’s house on Friday to recognize the 300 workers who will lose their jobs when the school closes.

Dozens of students and faculty members joined in the protest.

President James Jones shocked students, faculty and alumnae last month when he announced the 114-year-old school would close this summer.

A lawsuit filed by the Amherst County attorney charges that a closure would violate the terms of the will under which the school was founded.

The suit seeks to stop the closure and replace the school’s president and board with a fiduciary to take over the school’s assets.

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