Education

Duke student files lawsuit seeking repayment for spring semester

Posted May 12, 2020 4:47 a.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2020 6:39 a.m. EDT

— Duke University is the latest local school hit with a lawsuit from frustrated students who say they aren't getting the education they paid for during the coronavirus pandemic.

An anonymous Duke university student recently filed the class-action suit, demanding repayment for the spring semester. According to his attorney, he wants to represent other Duke students to obtain repayment of tuition, room and board and other expenses in light of COVID-19.

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The attorney said Duke University students have been forced to endure closed residence halls, canceled events, online learning in place of in-class courses and lack of access to labs, cafeterias and often their own belongings as dormitories shutdown in a rush response to the pandemic.

"What I want them to do is to do the right thing -- look at what they actually provided versus what they promised -- and come up with a partial refund that does the right thing by these people," said attorney Andrew Levetown.

The latest lawsuit follows similar actions from attorneys at the same law firm against Boston University, Brown University, George Washington University and Vanderbilt, in which students and parents sued their universities.

A student at East Carolina University filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of North Carolina system for the same thing.

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