Students from the California State University and University of California systems filed a lawsuit against to demand reimbursements of some campus fees since the virus pandemic closed schools and forced online learning.
The class action lawsuits, filed in the Los Angeles and Oakland federal courts, allege that systems serving more than 700,000 students have refused to reimburse unused portions of fees for campus-related services that semester students spring are not using, such as health centers, student association fees and student centers.
The campuses have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and sporting events have been canceled.
“The effect of CSU’s COVID-19 related messages and protocols is that all students have been forced to leave campus unless they really have no other safe place to go,” the Los Angeles lawsuit says.
“For students who remain on campus, services are now extremely limited. For students who do not live on campus, there is no reason to come to campus, as all activities have been canceled. ”
Messages seeking comment from both systems were not immediately returned Monday night.
Fees ranged from around $ 850 to more than $ 4,000 for CSU students for the 2019-2020 academic year, while UC’s basic services fee for students was around $ 1,100, while fees related to specific campuses doubled that or more, depending on demand.
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“It is inappropriate for them to attempt to withhold what amounts to many millions of dollars in total on the campus fees they charged their students, even though the services that covered these fees ended,” said Adam Levitt, one of the attorneys who they filed the lawsuits.
“A college education is already a monumental expense for students and their families, and essentially not offering them relief on these material expenses, particularly at a time when millions of Americans are struggling financially, not only is deaf, but also unfair and illegal” .
Similar lawsuits were previously filed against universities in Arizona and against Liberty University, a nonprofit evangelical Christian university in Virginia.