The governor's office responded Thursday to statements by Cheyney supporters, who contend the historically black college is short-changed compared with mainstream institutions.
The group Heeding Cheyney's Call sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett last month demanding equitable funding for the state-owned school in southeastern Pennsylvania.
The group alleges an unfair fiscal formula has led to inferior facilities, plummeting enrollment and $14 million in debt. They say a discrimination lawsuit could follow if changes aren't made.
State officials say a lawsuit would have no merit. They say "forthright discussion" would be more productive.
The group's lawyer, Michael Coard, says he'll pursue such talks. He says Cheyney has suffered too long.