Colleges Worry About Liability as They Look to Reopen

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As colleges and universities consider reopening, many administrators are concerned about issues of lability should a student fall ill with COVID-19 after returning to school.

Last week, 14 college presidents from around the country joined a video call with United States vice president Mike Pence and secretary of education Betsy DeVos to discuss what they needed to reopen campuses this fall.

“They were mostly in listening mode, wanting to hear what the federal government could do to be helpful,” University of Texas at El Paso president Heather Wilson, who was on the call, told Inside Higher Ed. “One way it can help is to have some kind of liability protection.”

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