EdSurge decided to look at how those efforts have played out. Here are some highlights.
Many Lawsuits Have Fizzled
One running list documented 240 tuition refund lawsuits filed last year. But judges are ruling that students don’t have a leg to stand on. Just this week, a U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts threw out a case against Harvard University after finding students had no evidence they were promised in-person classes, Reuters reports.
That seems par for the course, including at:
University of the Pacific, which had been in court since last May. The “unjust enrichment” case was dismissed with prejudice this month.
Brown University, along with three other Rhode Island institutions, which dodged a class-action breach-of-contract lawsuit when it was dismissed in March.
“At this point, it seems like most lawsuits have been thrown out before they’ve gone to court or before they’ve gone to a jury,” says Robert Kelchen, who chairs the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University. “It seems like the rationale for that is [COVID-19] was an unforeseen circumstance, and students still got the main thing they were paying for, which was the credits.”