NYU Tisch Partial Tuition Refund Effort

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As a collective, the students of NYU Tisch School of the Arts push for the NYU Board of Trustees to refund a portion of our Spring 2020 tuition paid for the resources, universally deemed crucial to arts education, lost in the recent switch to remote teaching.

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On March 18th, Dean of Tisch Allyson Green emailed the student body that they would not be receiving reimbursement of tuition despite classes being moved to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. By placing profits above the concerns, needs, and quality of education being received by students, NYU ignores the fact that us art students will be paying full price for an education that lacks the facilities, equipment, technology, services, and hands-on experience we are explicitly paying for. While we appreciate the concerted efforts of our professors to salvage what’s left of our education, we reject the assumption that an online Zoom education is equitable in content and value. We hope the Dean, along with Tisch Department chairs, will use their positions to speak on our behalf to the NYU Board of Trustees, and we expect the decency of being part of the conversation moving forward as we work toward appropriate reimbursement of tuition for the Spring 2020 semester.

The studios have collaborated in compiling a collection of testimonies. View below a descriptive list of classes and resources we feel should be partially refunded:

Stella Adler School of Acting: https://rb.gy/gzzh77

Atlantic Acting School: https://rb.gy/ismil3

Experimental Theatre Wing: https://rb.gy/dhqjmv

The Meisner Studio: https://rb.gy/ufa32c

New Studio on Broadway: https://rb.gy/ys0fkj

Playwrights Horizons Theatre School: https://rb.gy/r4ytzq

Production & Design Studio: https://rb.gy/58duir

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Studio: https://rb.gy/osbvso

Stronestreet Studios for Screen Acting & Production: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GK46krln7viqnvN_dAKYFRxYMRq0HiXZAuPO031eByM/edit?usp=sharing

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London, UK): https://rb.gy/y4utwv

Film & Television Department: https://rb.gy/ksgmxo

Tisch Dance (under the other testimony links): 
https://bit.ly/3acHBsN

Many students have bravely shared their personal ties to this movement. You may view them here: https://rb.gy/v9nlid

How much do Tisch students pay for a semester? View here: https://bit.ly/393JEOl