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VSU settles lawsuit with former student

Hayden Barnes (2007) Hayden Barnes (2007)

A former Valdosta State University student was awaiting Friday nearly a million dollars from the state as a result of his lawsuit against the university.

The State's Department of Administrative Services, which is the insurance agency for the state, was set to pay Hayden Barnes $900,000.

Barnes and the university agreed to that amount through mediation and the settlement was officially announced Thursday. Barnes sued the university in 2007 after being kicked out by then-president Ronald Zaccarri for protesting Zaccarri's plan to build a parking garage.

"The state of Georgia is self insured and so DOAS is essentially the insurance agent for the state. So, we came in and basically took care of the claim as the state had to pay that out," said Zach Johnson, Government affairs Liaison for the DOAS.

Barnes was previously awarded $50,000 in 2013 as part of the ongoing lawsuit.

Johnson said the DOAS would make a lump sum payment to Barnes within seven days.

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