AGB Policy Alert: Contact Congress to Support Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By AGB June 12, 2020 August 6th, 2020 AGB Alerts

Over the past several months, Congress has enacted legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our society and economy. Thank you for your support in contacting your congressional delegation to advocate for the CARES Act and other legislation.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a bill that would provide additional resources to students and higher education institutions beyond what was provided in the CARES Act. Over the next several weeks, the Senate is expected to deliberate on its proposal for another relief package, which is also likely to include support for higher education.

Given the consequences that COVID-19 has had for colleges and universities, we strongly encourage you to contact your senators to request that they support our nation’s students and institutions.

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It is important that you coordinate outreach and key messages with institutional leaders before contacting senators.

Below are the specific requests that the higher education community is making.

Federal Support for Students and Institutions

Limited Liability Protections

  • We request that Congress enact temporary and limited liability protections for institutions, on the condition that institutions follow applicable public health standards, and that any protections still allow for those harmed by truly bad actors to find legal recourse. As colleges and universities face unprecedented challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is significant concern that excessive and speculative lawsuits will be filed, even when all reasonable and good faith efforts are exhausted, and safe, proactive policies (aligned with health guidelines) are implemented.
  • Talking points on legislative liability protection
  • Community Letter Requesting Temporary and Targeted Liability Protections Related to COVID-19 – May 28, 2020

Financial Support Through Loan Programs

Support for Research

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