WVU eventually rescinded the degree, but the scandal ended some academic careers and redirected others. Garrison and some of his leadership team resigned, and Lang gave up his title.
Sears stepped down and took a job as dean of Texas A&M International University's A.R. Sanchez School of Business.
Logar resigned his administrative position and remains a WVU professor. However, he contends that he has lost potential research and consulting opportunities and has become "an outcast in the WVU community."
The lawsuit had accused WVU of behaving "arbitrarily and capriciously" and of depriving the former deans of their constitutional right to fair treatment. However, Bailey ruled that the rights outlined in WVU's academic-integrity policy are not constitutional matters.
"It certainly is not a fundamental right," he wrote, "such as relating to marriage, family, procreation and the right to bodily integrity."
The second count of the lawsuit alleged that Sears and Lang were denied procedural due process. Bailey, however, said the plaintiffs failed to identify any defamatory statements and failed to prove that any statements made about them were false.
"Perhaps most important," the judge wrote, "the failure to remediate reputational damage does not appear to be a sufficient liberty interest to support a claim for the violation of due process."
Bailey also said federal court lacks jurisdiction to hear Logar and Sears' breach-of-contract claim.