Liberty University Moves Classes Online Despite Falwell's Initial Coronavirus Skepticism - 2020-03-16

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F364.png Liberty University Moves Classes Online Despite Falwell's Initial Coronavirus Skepticism March 16, 2020, Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post

As schools and universities across the country moved classes online to combat a pandemic, Liberty University's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., tried to stand defiantly against the tide.

Falwell, a close ally of President Donald Trump, downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, speculated whether it was a political stunt from Trump's opponents and wondered aloud if the virus was part of a secret plot concocted by North Korea and China ― all in the span of one "Fox & Friends" appearance on Friday.

And despite Liberty University's robust online education program, Falwell staunchly defended the school's attempt to have 15,000 residential students return to its Lynchburg, Virginia, campus after spring break ― calling one parent who questioned the university's approach a "dummy" on Twitter.

But by Monday afternoon, after backlash from some students and Lynchburg residents, the evangelical university reversed course, agreeing to move most classes online.

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