APSU: Reassess student fees for classes moved online due to COVID-19.

APSU: Reassess student fees for classes moved online due to COVID-19.

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Haley Allen started this petition to Austin Peay State University

As we all know, most colleges including Austin Peay State University have decided to move all instruction online for the Spring and Summer semesters. This choice has brought with it many issues, and not many solutions. There has been little consideration for the situations that the pandemic has left students in. Those who are essential workers are often picking up extra hours while trying to keep the country afloat, leaving them with less hours to complete school work or participate in the scheduled class calls. Students with children have no childcare because of the shutdowns and are left only able to complete assignments after the kids go to bed. There are many unique situations like these that have left students failing classes that they otherwise would have passed. This leaves them needing to take summer classes. 

The issue is that Austin Peay is still assessing fees as if the semester had not been moved online. We are being charged for parking, athletics, and activities while not being able to take advantage of any of these. Funds are being applied to other areas without any transparency. Not only are we being charged for services that are not being provided, but we are also being charged an extra fee for being enrolled in online classes, even though we had no other choice. 

As a university that serves many non-traditional students with family commitments, and who prides themselves on their sense of community, they must do the right thing and help their students. Many students and their families are unemployed with no end in sight, and to leave us to struggle is unethical. We deserve a response. If they can not refund fees for Spring, they at least need to remove the extra fee for online Summer classes, as this is out of our control. Many students were already left out of receiving stimulus checks and they are being gouged again by their own university. 

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