Push Back GT Housing Decision Until Class Info Is Released

Push Back GT Housing Decision Until Class Info Is Released

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Auds Odds started this petition to Georgia Institute of Technology and

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Georgia Tech students choosing to live on campus in the Fall were sent an email informing us of Housing’s COVID-related changes. At the bottom was this offer:

"…We are offering residents a limited opportunity for students to cancel their 2020-2021 residence hall contract without a cancellation fee. If you are interested in this option, please complete your housing cancellation…by end of day Monday, June 30, 2020. "

First of all, June 30th is a Tuesday, not a Monday. If they’re going to give us an ultimatum, they could at least get the date right.

But more importantly, this email is a perfect example of Housing and Tech as a whole being purposefully vague so as to better cover themselves, leaving students to suffer the consequences of this lack of planning and foresight. Not only should we not be given a mere one week’s notice to cancel our housing contract for both Fall and Spring semester, but we as students should not be getting ultimatums at all in these uncertain times, especially not from an institution that claims to value our health and happiness.

While this limited-time cancellation is being offered under the guise of maintaining our health, those of us who are conscious of finances (AKA every student ever) will likely choose to live at home or off-campus if our classes are entirely online. However, as the class schedule and official online/hybrid information has not yet been released, it is unacceptable for Housing to expect us to make a decision at this time. When approached about this matter through email, Housing has been blunt and evasive:

"Unfortunately, the housing cancellation free offer cannot be based on academic decisions such as class schedules. It is a time sensitive situation associated strictly with on-campus housing."

A classic moneytrap within the pre-existing moneytrap. Unite and sign below to stand up to this bureaucracy and save yourself 600 bucks.

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