UM System facing class action lawsuit over lack of refund

1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago Wednesday, May 20 2020 May 20, 2020 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:56:00 PM CDT May 20, 2020 in News
By: Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A class action lawsuit filed against the University of Missouri System claims the UM system did not offer sufficient refunds after classes were moved online in March due to fears of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

The lawsuit was filed by St. Louis attorney Richard Cornfeld, who represents the plaintiff identified as "A Student." Cornfeld said he believes students were not able to get the full value and benefits of being on campus.

According to the suit, MU students "did not receive the in-person educational experience that they paid for during part of the 2020 spring semester." It said the move to cancel on-campus activities and hold in-person classes online "deprived of the full value of the educational experience" they paid for.

In a statement from Christian Basi, the University said they "vigorously deny the claims asserted in this lawsuit. We are proud of the work our faculty and staff have done to serve our students during this time of global pandemic. Their work allowed the university to continue delivering education and supporting the needs of our students despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis."

Cornfeld said the UM System made the right decision by closing down campus, but in doing so, students did not receive what they paid for.

"The did some things but they did not do enough," Cornfeld said. "They should do refunds for everything students paid for and did not receive."

For its part, the university has taken some steps since classes went online. In their statement, Basi said they have provided the following refunds:

  • Room – prorated for the spring semester (approximately 45% refund for MU)
  • Dining – remainder of meal plans was either moved to the fall semester or a market value of the remainder was determined and refunded to students if they were graduating or didn’t plan to return in the fall.
  • Rec Center Fee – portion of the fee (approximately $80 for MU)

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia's mask ordinance officially went into place at 5 p.m. on Friday, but many businesses in the city... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 5:35:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Summer sport leagues in Columbia have been trying to keep athletes safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mid-Missouri... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 4:36:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
HUNTSVILLE - An employee at the Randolph County Sheriff's Department was fired after body camera video was released to a... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking into two reports of indecent conduct on the MKT Trail, both of which happened within... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 3:39:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Tiger Academy of Gymnastics is hosting a summer camp for kids to attend, but it is going to look... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 2:22:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – As Boone County struggles to keep up with the need for contact tracing in the community, volunteers are... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:49:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System leaders unveiled a new plan to bring broadband access to a rural pilot community on Wednesday.... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Bicentennial Bridge project is a $3.75 million dollar bridge to connect the Missouri State Capitol Complex... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:51:43 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:38:46 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The city mask ordinance for Columbia goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and education will be... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - In the midst of Missouri’s budget crisis, $125 million from the CARES Act will help higher... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 10:42:31 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COOPER/BOONE/CALLAWAY COUNTY - Crews will begin striping work on I-70 on Sunday, and the work will continue into August. ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 8:01:00 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Kansas City Chief's player Mitchell Schwartz spoke out on Thursday about DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts ,... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 6:45:00 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 4:29:00 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Deputies have identified the man whose body was found near Millersburg on Thursday as 31-year-old Ervin Hayes... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 7:36:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY- Businesses outside the city limits of Columbia are now having to decide what to do about the mask... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 6:33:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot about how we live, and unemployment benefits weren't left out. Unemployment... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 5:45:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As cases are beginning to spike, some counties are struggling to keep up with the demand for... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
3am 70°
4am 69°
5am 68°
6am 69°