In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions of higher learning have found themselves facing a host of challenges. Some of them are novel, while others have become more pronounced as a result of the pandemic. These challenges have had an impact on institutional policies and practices, and have included an array of types of legal disputes. Court cases involving claims for tuition refunds abound, potential mandatory vaccination policies are being considered, and a number of state legislatures have passed or are considering liability shields for organizations and institutions that find themselves facing potential COVID-related litigation. In addition, the rise in online learning and remote work turbocharged by the virus has heightened the degree of exposure that higher learning institutions face in handling the private, sensitive data of students, faculty and researchers.