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Class Action Lawsuits Launched at Two Universities by Students Demanding Refunds

Class Action Lawsuits Launched at Two Universities by Students Demanding Refunds

“Both schools told CNBC that they are aware of the complaints but had no comment beyond that.”

This is going to happen at more schools, it’s just a matter of time.

The College Fix reports:

Universities hit with class-action lawsuits demanding tuition refunds

Students at two universities have filed lawsuits against their schools, demanding at least some of their tuition money back after campus officials switched to online learning following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Adelaide Dixon, a student at the University of Miami in Florida, and Grainger Rickenbaker, a student at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, filed class-action lawsuits on behalf of their fellow students in federal court, seeking a refund of some of their tuition costs, CNBC reported Monday.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, colleges and universities have shifted to online learning, but have so far declined to issue even partial tuition refunds for students, even though many of them have given refunds for room and board expenses.

Both schools told CNBC that they are aware of the complaints but had no comment beyond that.

The focus of the suits is on the enormous differences between in-person schooling and online or virtual education, according to news reports.

The lawsuits reportedly argue that the incurred institutional costs for online schooling is substantially less than in-person classroom instruction and that with university facilities closed due to the pandemic, the upkeep and staffing costs demanded of most colleges and universities has also substantially declined.

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healthguyfsu | April 15, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Private schools like that are more vulnerable but I still think these will lose.

I think the students have a legitimate complaint. They paid for in-person classes and are being offered remote video classes. That is a far different product. I don’t think the students need to show that the colleges were in any way at fault, just that the colleges did not deliver what the students paid for.

Can you imagine how college profs and administrators would attack any for-profit business that took money and then closed down without refunding the money?

They would blame it on the capitalist society and push for socialism. And then push for criminal indictments.

But with their friends in high places like Nancy Pelosi and the tech titans and George Soros – they will not even be criticized as they fight the students to the death.

Maybe the US government should bring a suit for all the federal funds given to these educational robber-barons. Trump would love showing how fake they are.

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