BRIDGEPORT — A New Jersey lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit against the University of Bridgeport claiming the school billed students for services it wasn’t able to provide because of the pandemic.

“There are 3,400 students that have been paying full tuition for something they are not getting,” said Alina Habba, who filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in Bridgeport.

The university conducted classes online for undergraduates in the spring when the COVID-19 infection rates caused all schools to stop in-person lessons, and held classes in the fall both online and in person. But they recently announced that classes will only continue online after the Thanksgiving recess.

“Some of the ridiculousness of this case are the mandatory fees which are for on-campus items which amount to over $7,000 and are not being reimbursed,” said Habba.

Miguel A. Arroyo, Interim Director of the Office of Marketing and Communications for the University of Bridgeport, said via email, “It is our policy not to comment on pending litigation.”

The lawsuit is seeking reimbursement for the students and unspecified compensatory damages.

According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Abigail Toro was an undergraduate student during the Spring 2020 semester and is enrolled for classes in the Fall 2020. For the Spring 2020, the suit states that the university charged Toro approximately $15,960 in tuition and more than $1,700 in mandatory fees, including a design fee of $275, a student government fee of $100 and a general fee of $1,320. Toro also paid $7,975 as a residence hall charge.

But the lawsuit states Toro has not been provided a pro-rated refund of the tuition for her in-person classes that were discontinued and moved online, or the mandatory fees she paid after the university’s facilities were closed and events were canceled.

“Students have been deprived of the opportunity for collaborative learning and in-person dialogue, feedback and critique,” the lawsuit states.

In June, the University of Bridgeport announced that it was being taken over by other colleges and will be closing but Habba said that shouldn’t affect her lawsuit.

“The damages are already incurred and they have to be held accountable for the wrongful taking of income,” she said.