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Class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Arizona university students over spring living costs

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 27, 2020

PHOENIX — A class action lawsuit has been filed against the agency that governs Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University over living costs still being charged amid major school changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The suit was filed on behalf of students at all three universities to recover the costs of room, board, and other required fees for the spring semester of 2020. Students at all three universities have moved to online classes as health officials stress the importance of social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading the respiratory virus.

The Arizona Board of Regents is named as the defendant in the suit, which calls the decision to hold students' money "unlawful and unfair."

Last week, ASU and NAU both told ABC15 they could not afford to refund students because keeping campuses open and moving classes online cost money as well.

UA, meanwhile, has given its students several options: stay in the dorms for the semester, get a 10 percent refund in May, or have 20 percent credited to next year.

Students have told ABC15 they feel they deserve money back as they are no longer being provided the full services that their universities offer.