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Arizona Board of Regents Faces Lawsuit for Not Providing Refunds After Campus Closures

Arizona Board of Regents Faces Lawsuit for Not Providing Refunds After Campus Closures

“refunds for tuition, housing, and other fees”

So much more of this is coming. Students across the country are going to demand refunds.

Campus Reform reports:

Arizona colleges SUED after refusing to refund students amid coronavirus closures

A lawsuit has been filed against the governing agency of the three major Arizona universities over refunds for tuition, housing, and other fees.

The Arizona Board of Regents, which governs Arizona’s three major public universities (Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University), has been named the defendant in a lawsuit to recover spring semester fees after students were asked to move off-campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to ABC 15, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of students for the “unlawful and unfair” holding of students’ money.

All three universities have announced transitions to online learning amid the coronavirus outbreak and have pressured many students to return home in order to prevent community spread of the deadly virus.

Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University told ABC 15 that they could not afford to refund students given that keeping campus resources available to students comes with a cost.

The University of Arizona has said it will provide credit to students for the unused portion of their room and board costs.

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I doubt they will get it back since it is being offered as a credit. If they do, though, lawsuits might be one way for universities that have already spent the money to pay it back because it might be able to come from liability policy insurance money.

The State can pay the lawsuit and lower next year’s budget the appropriate amount for each school. I would imagine Arizona voters would not complain since “we’re all in this together”.

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