Don’t Risk Students’ Lives by Keeping Campus Open During Pandemic

Liberty University - Taber Andrew Bain

Target: Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University

Goal: Don’t force students and faculty to risk exposure to the coronavirus by working on campus.

Thousands of students and faculty are being forced to put their lives at risk to avoid losing their jobs or educations. In spite of calls for social distancing to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Liberty University has refused to shut down its campus and transition to online-only courses like numerous other universities have done.

The citizens of Lynchburg, VA, where Liberty University is located, are outraged at the school’s reckless decision to allow thousands of students, many of whom have traveled over spring break, to inundate the town and increase the community’s risk of exposure to the virus.

Lynchburg has limited medical resources and would be particularly hard-hit if coronavirus cases began to increase in the region. Students, parents, faculty, and community members have called upon the school to protect their safety, but president Jerry Falwell Jr. has ignored these pleas. Sign below to urge Liberty University to stop putting its students and staff at risk and close its campus.


Dear President Falwell,

The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the United States, threatening to overwhelm the American healthcare system. The Center for Disease Control has urgently advised Americans to practice social distancing and avoid congregating in large numbers.

In light of this, your decision to re-open Liberty University after spring break is reckless and dangerous. The students and faculty of Liberty University are being forced to make an unfair choice between their safety and their jobs or educations.

Schools across the country are closing their campuses to keep their communities safe. I urge you to act in the best interest of your students, faculty, and nation by closing your campus to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Taber Andrew Bain


  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    All educational institutions and really anyplace where large numbers of people congregate (with the exception of essential entities) should be closed until the pandemic has passed.

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