Refund Dalhousie International Students forced to Unnecessarily pay for Hotel Rooms.

Refund Dalhousie International Students forced to Unnecessarily pay for Hotel Rooms.

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Noah Kivler started this petition to Dalhousie University

Recently, the CBC published an article detailing an exploitative Dalhousie University policy which requires all international students to pay $813.50 ($1627 for those home visiting for the holidays) for a hotel room, regardless of whether or not they have an alternative place to carry out their 14 day quarantine. Many international students are struggling fiscally, especially during this pandemic when many of us lost many hours of work often without receiving government aid. Most of us pay rent for our own apartments. This represents one of many cynical and unfair policies levied at international students in the past few years as the university attempts to capitalize off of its increasingly international student body. It is no secret that Dalhousie University is struggling financially, and it appears as though they view their international students as part of the solution to this.  

It is not apparently obvious why the University is doing this. Dalhousie claims that this was the only option deemed acceptable, however in the aforementioned CBC article, a provincial official directly contradicts this idea. Why the University appears to be misleading its student body about this is unclear, however it certainly isn't promising as to what their intentions were in creating this mandate. Regardless of the reason, it is extremely untimely and unfair to the student body of Dalhousie.

International students make up 22% of Dalhousie's student body. We already face heavy increases to Dalhousie's International tuition, which is already exorbitantly expensive compared to most universities in Canada at over $13,000 a year. I ask that you join 22% of Dalhousie's student body in demanding that the university issue a refund of $813.50 into the accounts of ALL international students who were forced to pay this unnecessary fee. If Dalhousie is so desperate to increase enrollment, they should begin by treating their student body with empathy.

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