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Students say they feel betrayed after university announces closure of Orem campus

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Posted at 8:39 PM, Nov 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 17:29:35-05

OREM, Utah -- The future is uncertain for many students who attend Broadview University's Orem campus, as the university announced they will be shutting down the Orem campus at the end of this semester.

It leaves many students and teachers wondering what they will do next.

"I felt like our school kind of stabbed us in the back and that they broke a lot of promises," student Nichole Jacobs said.

Jacobs, and several of her classmates in the Veterinary Technology Program, say Broadview University is squashing their dreams by closing down the Orem campus.

"It's making me reevaluate my entire life, and I don't think they realized that when they told us they were shutting this campus down," said student Caitlyn Adams.

According to Broadview, they are closing the campus down due to declining enrollment. They have already sold the building to a developer.

In order to continue their education, 89 students who attend the Orem campus will now have to travel to the West Jordan campus or seek alternatives, such as online courses. For many of those who choose to attend classes at the West Jordan campus, that's an extra two-hour, round-trip commute.

"A lot of us have full-time jobs, some of us have kids, I don't know that's something that a lot of us can do," Adams said.

"For those of us that can't, we quit the program, and then we can't pursue that career, and then that huge part of our lives is just gone," Jacobs said.

These students say Broadview isn't just closing down a building, they are closing down trusted relationships between teachers and students.

"Another reason I went here is because the teachers, and we have a very personal connection with the teachers, they are the reason we come to school every day," said student Kendyl Pinnock.

Students say they've reached out to the university with their concerns regarding the transition.

"None of us have received a response, which is really frustrating," Jacobs said.

According to Michelle Knoll, a Marketing Manager at Globe Education Network, of which Broadview University is a member, mailings were sent to students Thursday informing them that GEN is working on a solution that would allow many students to finish their courses in the Orem area.

Broadview turned down an interview with FOX 13 on Sunday, but this statement was on their website:

"While it was a very difficult decision to close our Orem campus, we remain committed to our students and providing qualified, career-ready graduates for Utah’s workforce."