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BOCA RATON, FL ( — A Lynn University student is suing the school for its apparent refusal to refund Spring semester tuition. The suit is written as a “class action” complaint.

The school moved to “distance learning” as a result of COVID-19.


In the suit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, student Raymond Gibson alleges (the class) “did not receive their bargained-for education or other services and experiences, for which they paid fees; and have not been refunded a properly prorated portion of their tuition and fees after the University System ceased providing such services to students during the Spring 2020 academic semester due to the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).

The suit adds:

“As a result of Defendant’s wrongful acts and unfair business practices alleged herein, Mr. Gibson and the Class have systematically been denied, and therefore seek: a proper, prorated refund or reimbursement for the unused services for which they paid in the form of various university fees; and a proper, prorated refund or reimbursement for the decreased value of the education they received as a result of classes transitioning from in-person campus instruction to an entirely remote, virtual learning format.”

According to the suit, part of the University education product is the “experience.”

“Universities do not merely sell credit hours and diplomas as one would sell some common consumer commodity,” adds the suit. “They sell an experience — one enriched both personally and academically through social interaction and involvement with faculty and other students.”

No immediate response from Lynn University through filings with the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office. Read the complete suit, below.

The suit is filed by Attorney Matthew D. Schultz of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty and Proctor of Pensacola, FL, and E. Michelle Drake of Berger Montague of Minneapolis, MN.




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