The Indiana Supreme Court voted not to hear appeals from both IU and Purdue University concerning three class-action lawsuits regarding tuition reimbursement. The court voted 4-1 against hearing the case.
In 2020, IU student Justin Spiegel and Purdue student Elijah Seslar filed lawsuits against their respective universities. The students claimed IU and Purdue both breached their contract with students by moving classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are requesting partial refunds of tuition and student fees, according to the Purdue Exponent.
Earlier this year, The Indiana Court of Appeals voted in favor of the plaintiffs, allowing the lawsuit to continue despite a law passed by the Indiana legislature prohibiting class-action lawsuits against universities seeking damages from the COVID-19 pandemic.