Officials field complaints as Liberty students return

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, waits for the arrival of President Donald Trump to sign an executive order on "improving free inquiry, transparency, and accountability on campus" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials in Lynchburg, Virginia, say they are fielding complaints and concerns about the hundreds of students that have returned from their spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. has welcomed them back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Liberty is among the largest and most prominent evangelical institutions in the country.

The university has moved most instruction online but has welcomed students back to campus, a move at odds with many other higher education institutions.

Liberty spokesman Scott Lamb said that as of Tuesday morning, the university had about 1,100 students back on campus.

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