GMU Mandatory Student Fee refund due to COVID-19

GMU Mandatory Student Fee refund due to COVID-19

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Nuha Mokaddem started this petition to George Mason University

As a student, I have felt nothing but despair in the past few weeks. Depression resulting from mental, educational and most of all financial hardship. The university was forced to transition to online learning. Although we recognize the value and accessibility of distance learning, it is not for everyone. Students were forced to move out. Most students lost their jobs and their internship/job offers. Above all, dependent students (most of us) did NOT qualify for the stimulus check even though we pay our own bills. The world turned into chaos in the blink of an eye. In light of the pandemic, we expected our university to take more action to support our well being. However, the university expects us to pay the full amount of the Mandatory Student Fee which covers the following areas:

Athletics: The fee supports athletic program operations and sponsors intercollegiate sports. (CANCELED)

Auxiliary Services: Self‐supporting non‐education auxiliary services that support students such as Mail Services, Card Office, EagleBank Arena, and Print Services. (MOST NOT RUNNING)

Facilities and Building: The facility and building fee helps pay for campus buildings. (NOT APPLICABLE, STUDENTS CANNOT USE)

Health Service: This fee provides for student health services, including a self‐supported clinic.

Student Activity: The student activity fee supports the Student Centers, student activity programs, and funds various student activities. (CANCELED)

Transportation: The fee is used for self‐supported student transportation, such as Mason Shuttles and other commuter initiatives, such as no cost CUE bus service (CANCELED)

As a student, I am not asking for a special discount or something I do not deserve. Many of us have lost experiences that would be remembered for the rest of our lives and that is more than enough of a loss. I am requesting that the university refunds the students back for the services that are canceled and not used and waive the Mandatory Student Fee for the Spring and the Summer of 2020.

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