According to a Weimar University staff meeting report on February 23, 2023, attorney Jon Daggett reported the lawsuit has been settled. A statement from the University Board was shared in the meeting notes.
Weimar University Board Statement Regarding Lawsuit Settlement
Weimar University’s insurance carrier decided to settle the lawsuit Melissa Osadchuck vs. Weimar Institute. Weimar University handled the matter properly and in a responsible manner. We are pleased that the parties have come to an agreement. Each side has agreed to this settlement, is bound by confidentiality, and is unable to share any additional details.
The University is committed to imparting a knowledge of God to its students through its Seventh-day Adventist faith. This is reflected in the principles of the Core Competencies of a Weimar Education: Health and Wellness, Evangelism, Academic Excellence, Labor and Service.
We initially reported on Ms. Melissa Osadchuck’s sexual harassment case in August 2022. The university administration released a statement in which Dr. Nedley stated, “Weimar takes employee and student safety very seriously.”
After their meeting in September, the university board released a statement expressing confidence in the university president and the rest of the administration.
We wrote on subsequent resignations by various board members as they struggled to deal with the University’s embattled president. In one resignation letter, David Butler cited a lack of confidence in the Weimar Administration “due to poor choices in background checks and hiring practices, which has resulted in hiring sexual predators, delinquent staff, staff demeaning the students and hurting the culture of Weimar.” Dr. Bivens, who retired several months before the case was filed against Weimar Institute, wrote of concerns regarding Pastor Don Mackintosh in his resignation letter and listed many other problems. Two other board members, Dr. Arla Barelli and Mr. Kelly Coffin resigned last December and January 2023, respectively.
Further revelations from sources and staff revealed underage sexual assaults and a sexual assault against an adult student, multiple allegations of sexual assault against an employee of the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program, and a death of a patient of the Depression Recovery program. Abuse of power to crack down on dissent was also reported in which the University president sought to determine the identities of individuals writing to the Accreditation team. The president’s effort to determine the identities of the staff who communicated with the accreditation team failed for reasons of technical feasibility.