University of Chicago students announced an end to their three-week-old tuition strike Monday, though organizers said one person affiliated with the campaign is filing a class-action lawsuit against the school.
About 200 students were involved in the strike, which began on April 29. Organizers put out a list of demands for the school’s administration — only one of those, the call for a tuition freeze, was instituted by the university.
In the same statement, organizers said that one student was “pursuing legal action” against the school. As universities have temporarily shuttered because of the pandemic, a handful of students across the country have filed class-action lawsuits asking for tuition refunds, often arguing that a contractual promise has been broken.
“The campaign has decided to end their strike in order to regroup and focus on building long-term power,” read a statement from the group UChicago for Fair Tuition (UCFT), which organized the strike. “This will not be the last tuition strike UChicago sees.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many of the existing cracks in our higher education system,” the statement continued. “But even before the pandemic, so many students were experiencing precarity. And after the pandemic is over, students and their families will continue to face financial insecurity.”