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BRIEFING: Coronavirus Class Action: Lawsuits Facing Colleges and Universities

Across the country, colleges and universities have been forced to make difficult but necessary decisions in order to safeguard their campus communities—including moving academic programs to an online format as well as closing most dorms, eating halls, and other campus facilities. Several institutions are now faced with class action lawsuits on behalf of students who claim they are owed partial refunds, either for room and board fees, or tuition fees for courses that moved online or transitioned to pass-fail grading. Please join us for this important NACUA Briefing with presenters Jim Keller, Partner at Saul Ewing, and Carolyn Pratt, Associate General Counsel at the University of North Carolina System Office. Our speakers will give a broad overview of the nature of the claims, and then delve into possible defenses available to institutions, including special considerations for public institutions and protections under state laws. They will also discuss steps institutions may consider taking to analyze their own risk and prepare for possible litigation.

This 30 minute Briefing will be audio-only and complimentary to NACUA members.