California facing student lawsuits over shuttered colleges
Added 10-22-20 03:23:01pm EST - “Several lawsuits filed by students against the University of California and California State University systems are making their way through the courts as students try to recoup some money after most schools cancelled in-person classes…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Several lawsuits filed by students against the University of California and California State University systems are making their way through the courts as students try to recoup some money after most schools cancelled in-person classes over the past several weeks due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The plaintiffs are seeking some type of refund and claim an online degree does not carry the same prestige. The lawsuits could cover some 750,000 students if they are classified as class action. The University of San Diego, a private school, is facing a similar lawsuit.
Since the pandemic began in March, California has reported 884,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,456 Tuesday, and 17,071 deaths, including 77 Tuesday.
As was the case across the country, California colleges and universities suspended in-person classes for the latter part of the 2019-2020 academic year’s spring semester. Administrators were confident in-person classes could resume for the fall semester, and most campuses in California opened in late August and early September with a mix of online and onsite classes with limited occupancy in campus housing.
Coronavirus outbreaks began to spread, something school officials said were primarily caused by students living off campus who were gathering in large groups without wearing face masks or practicing social distancing.
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