No Evictions for Juilliard Students in Residence Hall

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No Evictions for Juilliard Students Living in Residence Hall:


On March 12th, Juilliard issued a formal request for all students living in the school Residence Hall to move out by 5pm on Sunday, March 22nd. Juilliard gave no clear description of what, if any, services they would provide for students unable to find safe, affordable housing before this date. Juilliard is offering to reimburse students for room and board charges, but even given this reimbursement the decision places huge portions of the student body at risk. We ask that Juilliard consider the following:


-International Students who live in countries heavily affected by the virus are either forbidden from returning home due to travel restrictions, or would be exposing themselves to significant health risk by doing so.


-Students without the financial resources to find another place to stay in two weeks will be homeless. 


-Students may be forced into unsafe or unstable living situations. Students will likely be compelled to crash on couches, creating dangerously crowded living situations for themselves and their hosts which is directly contrary to the social distancing that is desperately needed. 


-Compelling students to travel, even domestically, puts their health in danger and is a detriment to public health. On March 12, the CDC stated “If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there.”


-Many students depend on Juilliard work study wages for most, if not all, of their income. Students who lose this income risk diminished opportunities for social isolation, and may become homeless.


-Students may not have access to adequate Internet connections to complete the remainder of their coursework and lessons remotely. 


We ask that Juilliard:


1.) Offer or provide resources necessary to acquire safe housing and amenities (food, toiletries, heating, electricity, Internet) to any Residence Hall student for the remainder of the semester, OR:

2.) Allow students to stay in the Residence Hall for the remainder of the semester.

3.) Offer financial assistance to any student who loses desperately-needed work study income. 

4.) Additionally, we ask that Juilliard make whatever educational support services it intends to provide for students clear and explicit. If students are not able to complete course requirements due to exclusion from Juilliard campus resources, we also ask that Juilliard make its tuition refund policy clear.

Juilliard is responsible for the safety, well-being, and educational resources of residence hall students for the remainder of the semester. The school’s first priority must be to utilize its immense resources to meet these responsibilities.