Students seeking to recover in-person tuition fees following Suffolk University’s midsemester decision to transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled.

In two putative class actions, plaintiffs Julia Durbeck, Mary Ann Foti, and Anna Francesca Foti filed breach-of-contract and unjust-enrichment claims against the university in two categories: tuition-based claims and fee-based claims, according to the July 13  order filed by U.S. District Judge William Young for the District of Massachusetts.