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Class-action lawsuit wants USD to pay back some tuition, fees due to virtual learning

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 19:23:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A class-action lawsuit against the University of San Diego wants the school to refund students some tuition fees following the move to virtual learning.

The lawsuit, filed by two students, claims the college owes students some of their tuition and fees back due to the switch to virtual learning.

The suit says that when the school switched to virtual learning in Spring 2020, students were still charged full tuition even though "USD could no longer provide the promised hours of instruction." The lawsuit claimed that USD also increased its tuition on top of that.

"Similarly, students paid fees for services and access to facilities and equipment over the full semester. Though USD provided these services and facility/equipment access for only part of the semester, and could not provide them for the full semester, USD demanded that students pay fees for the entire semester," lawsuit documents state.

A spokesperson for USD told ABC 10News they have not been notified of or served with the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is seeking a "prorated portion of the tuition, fees and other related costs, proportionate to the diminished value of online classes and the amount of time in the Spring 2020 and following semesters when USD ceased in-person classes, campus services and access to campus facilities, continuing through to such time as USD reinstates in-person classes" for the two students who filed the lawsuit and "all others similarly situated."