CLU Residence Life: Remove the Addendum.

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After a summer of not acknowledging emails, sending miscommunications, and affirming tuition will not be lowered beyond small conditional grants, California Lutheran University Residence Life and Administration silently slipped an addendum into the housing agreement on August 18th, 2020. This addendum stated as follows:

"CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER AND/OR TERMINATE HOUSING CONTRACTS DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY NEEDS, INCLUDING COVID-19, AS DETERMINED AT CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY'S SOLE DISCRETION. IN THE EVENT THAT CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY ALTERS AND/OR TERMINATES HOUSING CONTRACTS DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH NEEDS, CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY REFUND OR REIMBURSEMENT OF HOUSING COSTS."

Assigned move-in days begin on Monday, August 24th. This is less than a week after Residence Life added this addendum without notification--yet Residence Life continues to advertise their additional spaces available with plenty volume, so the possibility of silence on their end as an excuse is unacceptable. The deadline to cancel and receive a return of your housing deposit was three days before the addendum was added to the housing contract.

THIS ENTIRE SITUATION is unacceptable. Nobody is coming to the campus unless they have to, including international students, students in abusive households, students needing accessibility accommodations, and more. As a professional institution that loves to promote its "equity," "love for diversity," with "value in mind," this move is nothing short of an act of classism and greed. While there is no doubt a significant demographic of the school can afford to lose a couple hundred or even thousand dollars because Cal Lutheran decided to pocket it all, most of us are middle-class individuals that cannot throw a semester's worth of housing costs out the window without any further word. 

In addition, there is realistically a high chance of outbreak. Colleges around the United States have re-opened to high positivity percentages despite their various formats, becoming as severe as 29% at the University of Alabama. Faced with the state of California's strict regulations, even the slightest incident of spread could easily warrant a closure of campus and its housing complexes. Multiple students have even expressed they would be homeless without campus housing, so losing a couple thousand to a gamble on whether or not the school kicks them out adds insult to injury. 

Cal Lutheran Administration, please show that you care about something other than excusing racism, bragging rights, and the money in your pocket. Rescind the addendum. Promise your worried students that you will be there for them, and not there for your donors and your endowment.