Feb 5, 2024 - Education

University of Chicago students may receive compensation for remote learning

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University of Chicago students who went remote during the spring of 2020 are receiving notices that they could be entitled to money from a class action lawsuit — pending a judge's final approval.

Why it matters: The nearly $5 million settlement could spark lawsuits from students at other schools seeking reimbursement after COVID-19 forced them out of in-person instruction, possibly taking away from the learning experience.

Details: A judge granted preliminary approval in December to a $4.95 million settlement between the university and former students who alleged breach of contract when university classes moved online in March 2020.

The other side: "The University is proud of the rigorous educational experience and support it provided to students when it moved to remote learning," a spokesperson tells Axios in a statement.

  • The school "believes plaintiffs' claims are without merit and looks forward to putting this matter behind us."

How it works: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at the university between January 1, 2020, through the end of the 2020 spring quarter may be eligible for at least $25, depending on out-of-pocket tuition paid by the student.

Of note: Some recipients have been suspicious of the settlement notices, but the mailed and emailed messages are legit.

What's next: A federal court hearing on the settlement's final approval is scheduled for April.

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