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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Arizona Board Of Regents Demanding Repayment Of Room & Board For Students Displaced By Covid-19

Lawsuit Filed Against Arizona Board of Regents For Displacement of Students Amid COVID-19:

Arizona Board of RegentsA class action lawsuit has been filed against the Arizona Board of Regents, the governing board for Arizona's three public universities, after the three schools refused to refund room, board and campus fees to students who were displaced because of coronavirus.

All three universities, Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, moved their classes to online only for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester to protect students and staff and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Students who lived on-campus were either told to move out or encouraged to do so. The lawsuit says the Arizona Board of Regents has refused to offer refunds for the unused portion of their room and board and their campus fees. The lawsuit seeks payment of the prorated, unused amounts of room and board and fees that the class members paid but were unable to use.

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Comments

This is exactly what I predicted some time ago.

See, e.g., :
Coronavirus-Related Dorm Evictions Likely to Spur Class-action Lawsuits, Law Professor Warns
https://bit.ly/3dBUtdY
“Colleges that have been evicting students from housing to deal with a theoretical coronavirus outbreak on campus had better hope their contracts cover the surprise removal. A law professor at George Washington University, which promised to fine and punish students who stay in the dorms over spring break without preapproval, warns that the moves could spur class-action lawsuits from students.”

Law Prof: Campus Dorm Closures Will Lead to Class Action Lawsuits
https://bit.ly/2R0zZSt
“George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf made the case this week that colleges and universities could face class-action law suits over their decisions to shut down residential halls due to the Wuhan coronavirus."

Posted by: LawProf John Banzhaf | Mar 31, 2020 6:51:50 AM