Students file lawsuit against UVM over COVID-19 reimbursement
Two University of Vermont students have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court after they say the university failed to reimburse them for the on-campus "unique experience" due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The plaintiffs, Nilay Kamal Patel and Rachel Gladstone, accuse UVM of profiting from students who are not receiving the in-person learning experience they enrolled and paid for. They're demanding a partial tuition reimbursement and prorated refund of other costs.
The plaintiffs also say UVM has not provided the $1,000 incentive promised to students for moving out of the residence halls by March 30.
UVM, like the majority of other colleges around the country, announced in mid-March that classes for rest of the academic year would be conducted online.
Inside Higher Ed reports that similar lawsuits have targeted at least five other colleges, claiming that online classes don't have equal value to in-person classes and are not worth the tuition that students paid.