Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Audrey Anderson provided insight on the liability issues faced by colleges and universities as they prepare for students to return for the 2020-2021 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many schools are taking precautions to limit student interaction to avoid to spread of COVID-19. Even with precautions in place, many institutions are worried about the financial impact that lawsuits over the spread of the virus could have on their financial stability.

“Usually you have decades of experience telling you, ‘these are the reasonable steps to take,'” Audrey said. “Here, we don’t have experience. We have five months. And it’s a moving target all the time.”

“Colleges and universities really are working hard to get this right,” she added. “We’re all hoping for the best, but everybody’s ready to change plans and pivot as necessary.”

The full article, “NY’s College Towns Brace for COVID Economic Blow; Fewer Students Are Expected to Return,” was published by the Times Herald-Record on August 17 and is available online (subscription required).