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Student sues Liberty University, demands refund due to coronavirus response

Apr 14, 2020

By David K. Li

A student at Liberty University — which is under fire for opening its campus during the coronavirus pandemic — filed a class-action lawsuit against against the school, demanding a refund.

The anonymous plaintiff said if the university, established by Moral Majority founder Jerry Fallwell Sr., is to remain open at full cost, then it should also make available its full array of student services, according the federal complaint filed in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Virginia school has made all classes online, shut down on-campus recreation centers, converted all dining options to take-out only and ended all student activities — and still wants to keep all tuition and other fees paid by spring semester students, the lawsuit claims.

“Liberty University is, in a very real sense, profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic — keeping its campus and campus services ‘open’ as a pretext to retain Plaintiff’s and the other Class members’ room, board and campus fees, despite no longer having to incur the full cost of providing those services, all the while putting students’ finances and health at risk,” according to the lawsuit filed Monday by “Student A.”

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