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August 2020 – After being criticized for resuming classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty University concluded its spring semester with no confirmed cases. Jerry Falwell Jr., the college president, announced early in the pandemic that the school would reopen to allow students to remain in campus housing.
“We are thankful to God that nobody who lived in a campus residence hall or who worked in a campus office tested positive for the virus,” wrote Falwell to students in a year-end note. “No positive COVID-19 test anywhere in our region was linked to Liberty students who returned to their dorms after spring break.”
Falwell believes the criticism for his decision to reopen was because of what Liberty stands for. “We’re conservative, we’re Christian, and, therefore, we’re being attacked,” Falwell said.