Does NU CARE?

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,500!


NU CARE is a student coalition of Northeastern YDSA, Progressive Student Alliance, Northeastern College Democrats, Sunrise Northeastern, Northeastern for Biden, Interdisciplinary Women's Council at Northeastern University, Husky Environmental Action Team, Northeastern University Huskiiers and Outing Club, Students for Justice in Palestine, Peer Health Exchange, Global Medical Brigades, and National Organization of Minority Architecture Students at Northeastern. Interested in having your student organization join? Email us at doesnucare@gmail.com.

On May 8th, President Aoun published a letter regarding Northeastern’s intent to reopen its campuses for the Fall 2020 semester. While this letter stressed Northeastern’s “innovation” and “agility”, it did little to lay out a clear plan for ensuring safety beyond vague promises surrounding testing and housing. As students who care deeply about the tens of thousands of people who plan to live, study, and work on Northeastern’s campus this Fall, we came together to form CARE, the Coalition for Affordability, Responsibility, and Equity. Through this coalition, we have established seven demands that lay out how Northeastern can reopen this fall without sacrificing the health and well-being of its students, staff, faculty, and the neighborhoods that surround it.

Affordability

1. Tuition must be reduced for all classes that are impacted by a transition to online or hybrid learning, and refunds must be offered for similarly affected Summer 1 and Summer 2 classes. This refers to any class that did not previously have sections offered online, and is now only offered in an online or hybrid format.

2. Both incoming and returning students must be able to easily defer their enrollment or take a leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester, and then resume their education in the Spring 2021 semester.

Responsibility

3. Students who, for any reason, do not live on campus during Fall 2020 must not lose their housing guarantee or deposit. First and second year students must also be released from their obligation to live on-campus for the Fall 2020 semester. 

4. Ensure that adequate PPE is available to all students, faculty, and staff — including any contractors or subcontractors. Similarly, staff exposed to hazardous working environments (such as cleaning and dining staff) should be awarded hazard pay.

Equity

5. Any data collected through the NUPD SafeZone app must be used only for public health purposes.

6. Northeastern must be transparent regarding NUPD’s role in enforcing social distancing and health measures on campus as well as explicitly detailing what these are to the entire Northeastern community.

7. Northeastern must be upfront about any plans to lease additional off-campus properties for student housing and work to offset any gentrification caused by this.