Liberty University's choice to stay open during coronavirus, explained - 2020-03-25
On Sunday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that unlike virtually all other colleges and universities in the United States, Liberty would soon be reopening and permitting thousands of students and faculty to return to campus — even as the coronavirus continues to rage and the city where the school resides discouraged the move.
"I think we have a responsibility to our students — who paid to be here, who want to be here, who love it here — to give them the ability to be with their friends, to continue their studies, enjoy the room and board they've already paid for and to not interrupt their college life," Falwell, Jr. said in an interview with a Richmond-area newspaper on Sunday.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking Liberty University to reconsider the decision to invite students back to campus. "I would suggest that President Falwell look to the actions of the leaders of Virginia's flagship universities." — Richard Chumney (@RichChumney) March 25, 2020