Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Audrey Anderson provided insight on how colleges and universities are handling the housing situation for the upcoming semesters following a spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide. Many colleges will be finalizing housing options in the next weeks ahead of the spring 2021 semesters.

“Colleges that were face-to-face this fall but are moving spring classes online likely won’t guarantee housing for the rest of the academic year so they don’t have to walk back their offers,” Audrey suggested.

However, even those institutions that “decide to house students on-campus this winter and spring but end up sending them home early will still likely give students their money back, even if their contracts don’t require them to,” Audrey said.

The full article, “Colleges’ Return to Online Classes Complicates Student Housing,” was published by Education Dive on November 19 and is available online.