Lawsuits Seek Refunds From Shuttered Cal State and CSU Schools

A group of students have filed lawsuits against the University of California and California State University systems over fees for campus services that have become almost obsolete during the pandemic.

The fees—which cover things like health facilities, student associations, and student centers—can range anywhere from $850 to over than $4,000. Since campuses are closed, the plaintiffs want that money refunded.

“The effect of CSU’s COVID-19-related protocols and messaging is that all students have effectively been forced to leave campus, unless they truly had no other safe place to go,” according to the filing. “For students who do remain on campus, services are now extremely limited. For students who do not live on campus, there is no reason to come to campus, since all activities have been canceled.”