Gov. Northam calls for Falwell Jr. to reconsider allowing students back to Liberty’s campus

10 News was told that as of Tuesday, less than 2,000 students returned after spring break

LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Wednesday Governor Ralph Northam asked Liberty University’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, to reconsider after going against the grain and welcoming students back to campus during the coronavirus outbreak.

Falwell took the national stage to defend his actions. He told CNN anchors that classes are online, but students are allowed to roam campus, including the library.

He says there are signs telling students to keep a distance from one another.

10 News was told that as of Tuesday, less than 2,000 students returned after spring break.

“We felt like we had a responsibility as a Christian university to make education available to as many as possible online throughout this crisis,” Falwell said.

In Wednesday’s press conference, Ralph Northam said he heard about Falwell’s decision and called it concerning.

Governor Northam quoted a bible scripture from First Corinthians and encouraged Liberty to reconsider.

"Those who have been given a trust must proof faithful. Proving faithful means providing clear and consistent guidance,” Northam said.