As college students wait for refund checks, some warn of riots

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

DENMARK, S.C. (WRDW) -- Tempers are flaring at Denmark Technical College. Dozens of students are speaking to News 12. They say their school, which is located 50 miles east of Augusta in Bamberg County, is withholding their financial aid reimbursement checks.

“How close are things to an all-out riot on Denmark Tech?” asked News 12 reporter Chad Mills.

“Like, very close," answered student Tracy Sanders.

"I wouldn't advise no one to come out here, because they take so long with the money,” adds student Chanquetta Jordan.

"They holding our checks. They're giving us different dates and just giving us the run-around," says another student, Derick Garvin.

With the semester winding down, students here still haven't received the reimbursements. However, students say other nearby schools already have given out checks.

"People at O-C Tech, Claflin, South Carolina State -- all of those already have their checks," says Brittany Jones.

Financial aid offices at both Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Aiken Technical College confirm that both schools have sent their checks out to students.

Some students say they need the checks for personal reasons. Most, however, say the checks are vital.

"I still got bills I have to pay. I'm behind on my bills. My landlord talking about kicking me out," Garvin says.

"I want my check, so I can pay my light bill, rent, insurance, satellite bill, and take care of my children. That's what I want my money for," Sanders says.

"I need my money to help pay bills. I've got needs, and I have to go to the doctor, and I don't have Medicaid," says Jordan.

Although Denmark Tech is a public college, News 12 is kept outside the gates. However, Vice President of Business Affairs Clarence Bonnette did tell us the checks will go out on November 15.

He says the school picked that date more than a month ago. He says bad information has caused the anger.

Meanwhile, News 12 has learned that Interim President Dr. Joann Boyd-Scotland has tendered her resignation.

The S.C. State Technical System issued News 12 a statement: "Dr. Joanne Boyd-Scotland tendered her resignation as Interim President of Denmark Technical College a little over a month ago. The System is in the process of conducting a presidential search for Denmark Technical College. The local area commission asked Dr. Boyd-Scotland to stay at the college through the transition and she has agreed."

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