July 17, 2024

Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow

Author: Ray Schroeder
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Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times

Amid those struggles, a Liberty student on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit in a federal court in Virginia, saying that Liberty and Mr. Falwell had “placed students at severe physical risk and refused to refund thousands of dollars in fees owed to them for the Spring 2020 semester,” according to a statement from the law firm filing the suit. The furor in Lynchburg centers on Mr. Falwell’s decision to open the campus to all students and staff at a time when most American universities were closing for fear of spreading the disease. For weeks before that decision, Mr. Falwell had derided other universities’ coronavirus responses as overreactions driven by a desire to harm President Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/us/politics/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-coronavirus.html

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