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Option to defer the semester, without educational or financial ramification

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We petition that Ross give us the option to defer the semester, without educational or financial ramification.

On September 18, 2017, Ross University School of Medicine and the island of Dominica, suffered its worst natural disaster on record when Hurricane Maria struck as a category 5 hurricane that devastated the country of Dominica. To say these events were unforeseen would be a definite understatement. Neither the staff, students nor country of Dominica could have possibly prepared for the catastrophic events that took place during and after the storm; country wide loss of electricity, water, and cell service was evident and the community of Ross feared for their lives as outbreaks of the widespread looting for food and water reached us. One thing is clear, Ross University School of Medicine could not have predicted, nor was responsible, for the act of God that was Hurricane Maria, However, it is clear that the disaster preparations put in place by the university were not as adequate as they had been presented to us during orientation week, and furthermore, the plan put in place to place students and staff on an unaccredited floating university, in a hostile learning environment with the threat of a withdrawal on their records if they do not return, is negligent, unprofessional, and covetous in intention.  

In Ross’s communication to the students, they indicated that they are not licensed anywhere outside of Dominica and are working on getting it resolved. This says to us that they are searching for mercy from the government to give them an exemption due to an act of God and allow them to continue operating as a university until their campus is restored. We have reached out several times to Ross administration and board of directors asking that they extend us the same mercy that they are asking for based on the tragedy that we experienced on Dominica on September 18, 2017. We have zero interest in playing roulette with our education, not knowing if licensing will or will not be granted while we’re on a boat. 

When us as students chose Ross, we chose it knowing that we would be going to a respected Caribbean-American university that gave students an opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming physicians; this university would contain all the features of an American medical school with many extras to help us along the way including CTL and media- siting. In addition, we knew that we would have high speed internet at our university, if not also at our places of residence on the island. Students came to Ross after choosing their own living conditions, and making personal contracts between themselves and various landlords of their choosing. We agreed to a purchase price based on those conditions, but now that standard is no longer being met and we are obligated to choose between a substandard living environment and level of education, or having the permanent mark of withdrawal on my transcript, which could plausibly affect us in our future medical careers.  

We have already lost over a months worth of classes and most of our personal belongings, including expensive school supplies, none of which Ross has offered to replace. Many of us have lost faith in this institution.  

We petition that Ross give us the option to defer the semester, without educational or financial ramification.  

  1. No ‘W’ on transcript for deferment or drops
  2. No prorated tuition for anyone who defers or drops
  3. Lower tuition for remediated program 

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