‘Very arrogant’: Students react to Liberty University’s announcement for Title IX investigation
Days after Liberty University leaders announced a third-party investigation into Title IX violations, advocates for policy reform and justice for sexual assault survivors are speaking out -- saying the school is not taking it as seriously as they would like.
Liberty University bans employees from talking to Jerry Falwell Jr. about university relations
In an email obtained by 10 News, staff were reminded about the ongoing investigation into the university's operations during Falwell's tenure and “ensured” Falwell is not influencing the investigation in any way.
Liberty University to resume normal operation for the fall 2021 semester
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After an unusual time of Zoom calls, Liberty University students can look forward to a more traditional year for the fall of 2021. Liberty University President Jerry Prevo announced this week that the university plans to return to normal campus operations during the fall 2021 semester. “As our leadership teams plan for the 2021-22 academic year, we want to share some joyful news: Liberty plans for a return to normal operation, as things were pre-pandemic,” Prevo said. “With national and state data showing suppression of the spread of the virus, we are encouraged, foremost, that our prayers are being answered. You can access the full academic calendar here.
Liberty University to hold in-person degree presentation ceremonies this spring
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, future graduates from Liberty University will able to walk across the stage this spring. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for May 11 through May 15, and the ceremonies will also be available online for those who cannot attend them in-person, according to a press release. AdLiberty University said that public health measures are still in effect at campus events and that the university will send updates to graduates if there are any changes to guidelines and restrictions in the upcoming weeks. The governor has lifted the mandate, and we are now allowed to hold in-person ceremonies to honor these graduates and help them celebrate this milestone together with their families,” said Liberty President Jerry Prevo. These graduates deserve a special day to mark their accomplishments, and we are looking forward to giving them a proper send-off as they become part of our Liberty alumni family and advance our mission as Champions for Christ.”
Liberty University receives written warning from health department after campus-wide snowball fight
Liberty University post shows little to no mask wearing during snowball fightLYNCHBURG, Va. – We now know Liberty University received a notice of violation for a campus-wide snowball fight last month. On Jan. 31, the university had a massive snowball fight where hundreds of students were standing shoulder-to-shoulder, many without masks. A week after his apology, Feb. 9, the Lynchburg City Health Department issued Liberty University a notice of violation regarding the event. This came after the health department received 119 complaints about the snowball fight. The notice doesn’t come with any type of punishment for the university, but it does warn of future action if more violations are reported.
VDH received nearly 120 complaints about Liberty University snowball fight
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Department of Health has been inundated with complaints about Liberty University’s unmasked snowball fight. VDH says they’ve received nearly 120 complaints since Sunday’s on-campus event. Liberty University post shows little to no mask wearing during snowball fightLU’s acting President Jerry Prevo led the event and has since issued an apology. And the size of the group was not in compliance either,” wrote Prevo in the statement. AdThe Central Virginia Health District is looking into it.
‘I messed up’: Liberty University president admits to failing coronavirus guidelines in massive snowball fight
UPDATE (2:24 p.m. Feb. 2, 2021)LYNCHBURG, Va. - Two days after a massive snowball fight at Liberty University, President Jerry Prevo is admitting mistakes were made. Below is the full statement from Prevo:This past Sunday morning as I opened the curtains and looked outside, I saw a Liberty University campus covered in deep snow. The student body took to the idea, they showed up in large numbers and had the snowball fight. I am firmly committed to the health and safety of our students at Liberty University, as well as their spiritual and emotional health. Liberty University President Jerry PrevoORIGINAL STORYA Facebook post from Liberty University’s snowball fight is causing a fight of its own.
Liberty University files lawsuit against Gov. Ralph Northam, claiming discrimination against online students
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University has filed a lawsuit against Virginia on the basis of discrimination. The legal complaint alleges that amendments to the 2020 Virginia Budget wrongly exclude Virginia’s online students from receiving the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, according to Liberty. Ralph Northam and Peter Blake, the director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Since 1973, the state of Virginia has provided economic assistance to Virginia residents seeking higher education through its VTAG program and until 2020, students, regardless of being online or in-person, could apply to receive funding. The 2020 VTAG amendments harm all of these groups, and others.”The case is currently pending in the United States District Court For The Western District Of Virginia Lynchburg Division.
Liberty extends head football coach’s contract through 2026
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Looks like Liberty University’s head football coach is going to stay with the Flames for six more years. Liberty announced Wednesday that it has extended its contract with Hugh Freeze, the head football coach, through the 2026 season. “We are proud of Coach Freeze and the football program,” said Jerry Prevo, Liberty University President. Falwell’s vision was for Liberty to compete at the highest level of college football and Coach Freeze is making great strides towards realizing the vision.”Prevo said that this contract extension demonstrates his commitment and support of Freeze and the football program. “Coach Freeze is a wonderful blessing to Liberty and we are grateful for his outstanding leadership of our football program and mentorship of our football student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.
WP: Jerry Falwell Jr. to get $10.5 million in severance, retirement
LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Tuesday, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he had resigned from all of his roles at Liberty University — but that’s not the end for him. Falwell says he signed a 20-page contract in July 2019, and has agreed to not work for a competing university. Hours after Liberty University released a statement saying Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign then reversed course on Monday, he old the Wall Street Journal that he was officially stepping down. After the photo went viral, a GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor called for Falwell Jr. to resign. During Falwell’s leave of absence, Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo is serving as acting president.
Jerry Falwell Jr. tells WSJ he has resigned amidst conflicting reports
LYNCHBURG, Va. – TUESDAY MORNING UPDATEHours after Liberty University released a statement saying Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign then reversed course, he tells the Wall Street Journal that he is officially stepping down. In a phone call to the Wall Street Journal, Falwell said he had just sent his resignation letter to the university board late Monday night. After the photo went viral, a GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor called for Falwell Jr. to resign. During Falwell’s leave of absence, Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo is serving as acting president. (Liberty University)Falwell became president in 2007 after his father, Jerry Falwell Sr.‘s death that same year.
Liberty University names Jerry Prevo as acting president
LYNCHBURG, Va. – We now know who will be leading Liberty University for the time being. Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo accepted the appointment by the Executive Committee of the Board to serve as acting president, the university announced on Monday evening. This decision comes after the university announced Friday that President Jerry Falwell Jr. would be taking an indefinite leave of absence. Prevo has served on the Liberty University Board of Trustees since 1996 and has been the Board Chairman since 2003. He has also stepped aside from his role as Chairman of the Liberty University Board of Trustees for the duration of his service as Acting President of the University.