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Suit against SU claims online learning was inferior

Another class action lawsuit has been filed against Syracuse University, seeking tuition and fee refunds for students who were forced to go to online learning in the spring semester of 2020.

Syracuse.com reports Shelby Poston, an SU student from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is the lead plaintiff in the suit filed in State Supreme Court in Onondaga County. The suit was filed by John Cherundolo, a former SU football player in the 1960s. A previous suit filed by Cherundolo was dismissed on a technicality. A suit filed by SU student Jonathan Yin was withdrawn. According to Inside Higher Ed, 300 such suits have been filed against colleges and universities in the US.


The latest suit claims Poston paid over $13,000 in tuition and fees for the spring, 2020 semester and did not receive a refund, despite what the suit says was an inferior learning experience. SU shut down in-person classes at the beginning of the pandemic March 10, 2020.

In a statement, the university said nearly every college in America was forced to go to hybrid or online learning by the pandemic.



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