MU tanning beds to remain open for now -

MU tanning beds to remain open for now



COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A court has ruled that a privately owned tanning salon on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus can stay open at that site for another year, despite the school's concerns about the health risks for students.

The university had tried since May 2008 to terminate its contract with the tanning salon in the Student Recreation Complex, citing cancer risks for those who use the facility.

The owners of The Spa filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in July 2008 against the Board of Curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system.

Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane ruled Tuesday that the earliest the university can terminate its lease with Tan Time, the company that owns The Spa, is Dec. 31, 2010, the Columbia Missourian reported.

Crane also ruled that MU need not compensate Tan Time for lost profits and improvements of the leased space.

"We are glad to know that we can terminate the lease at the end of next year," said Kelly Mescher, attorney for the Board of Curators. "We hoped that we would be able to terminate in less than a year because we had the provisions in the contract, and it's in the best interest of the students."

Thomas Schneider, attorney for Tan Time, said he also was happy overall with the judge's decision, but he was disappointed by the ruling against the damages.

The university added the tanning services to the Student Recreation Complex after students expressed an interest in tanning and massages in a 2004 student survey, said Diane Dahlmann, director of MizzouRec services and facilities.

Tan Time won the bid in August 2006 and invested $250,000 to build The Spa.

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