Coronavirus: Liberty University Students Speak Out Against Jerry Falwell Jr. Decision - 2020-03-26
Students at Liberty University in Virginia are confused and frustrated by school President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s decision to keep the residence halls and campus open to those who want to return, calling his response to the coronavirus pandemic "reckless," "ignorant," and political.
State and local leaders have sharply criticized Falwell, one of President Trump's most loyal and prominent supporters, for telling students this week that they were "welcome" to return to the large, private evangelical Christian campus in Lynchburg as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to swell in the US.
The school president said that he made the call with students' wellbeing in mind, arguing that those who live on campus rely on its services. Falwell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday that the university has a "responsibility" to students who paid for the education, want to be with friends and in their dorms, and "to not interrupt their college life."