Refund Housing for UNR Residents
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The University of Nevada Reno is requiring all residents who are living in Canada, Great Basin, Juniper, the Nevada LLC, Manzanita, Peavine, Sierra, and Wolf Pack Tower to move out of their residence halls by March 25th at 5pm. In a recent email, they have stated that, "residents remain financially responsible for their housing assignments..." and they cannot give refunds because, "housing assignments are made based upon a semester or annual contracts; there are no established weekly or monthly options or rates."
It is unfair and irresponsible for the University to not grant refunds to the students who are being emergency evicted and will not be using school services. Although the University is accepting "REQUEST TO STAY" forms for students who must remain in housing, for the health and safety of students it is highly recommended for them to return home, therefore it is greatly irresponsible for UNR to claim they cannot grant refunds based on the fact, "the residence halls are open," as staying in the residence halls will increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
If students are being forced to move out of the residence halls they paid for and recommended to practice social distancing, they deserve to at least be pro-rated for the time they actually spent in the dorms, as housing was paid for with the expectation of staying for the full semester. Other universities, such as UNLV, have agreed that, "students who choose to move home to complete their courses remotely may do so, [and] students will be refunded for the remainder of their room and board." If other universities can do it, UNR can do it too.
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