Colleges Say Protection From Lawsuits Will Be Key To Reopening

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May 28, 2020

Today, colleges and universities became the most recent group to express their need for protection from COVID related lawsuits. A coalition of higher education groups, including the American Council on Education, sent a letter urging congressional leadership to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic according to a report in Legal Newsline.

 “…as colleges and universities assess how quickly and completely campuses can resume full operations, they are facing enormous uncertainty about COVID-19-related standards of care and corresponding fears of huge transactional costs associated with defending against COVID-19 spread lawsuits, even when they have done everything within their power to keep students, employees, and visitors safe,” the letter reads in part.

There is broad support among the public and across the political spectrum for liability protections, according to a recent ILR poll.

05/28/2020