Essential staff at Ohio Valley University seek alternatives to help former students

VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) – Former employees and managers are looking for other ways to help former students because Ohio Valley University is unable to provide transcripts.

Former Ohio Valley University Vice President of Academic Affairs Wes Crum says someone using VPN access has entered the OVU system and transcripts are no longer available to be released to alumni students.

Because of this issue, Crum and many essential employees still on campus — all of whom do this work voluntarily — are looking to help former students with alternatives.

Transcripts are still not available for students who need them for further education, military and career development.

“It’s not their fault to be in this position. So I constantly tell people ‘I’m sorry this happened’. You deserve better and we will do what we can to that end. At least the essential employees who are still working here, we will help them. And so, we write letters for students saying they were in class, the academic advisors reach out and say, “This student was present at OVU”. We are doing everything we can on our end to help students through this transition process,” Crum says.

Crum says the ‘OVU Liquidation Trust’ – which includes former President Michael Ross, former President Ben Moore and Ross’ legal counsel Steven Kenny – would find another academic institution to act as trustee transcripts.

There is still no response from any of the trust members to WTAP.

Crum says he is grateful for the assistance the Higher Education Commission and the West Virginia Commission on Higher Education Policy are providing Ohio Valley University during this time.

Michelle J. Kelley