Refund students at the University of San Francisco for tuition and housing due to closure

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With the recent closure of the campus due to the COVID-19 virus, the University of San Francisco has decided to implement a number of preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading to the student population. Such measures include the canceling all face to face classes and instead implementing remote online instruction, as well as the closure/limiting of campus facilities such as residents halls, cafeterias, etc. While we applaud Father Fitzgerald leadership for putting the student’s health and safety as the Universities main priority, it is important to consider the financial impact on US the students. Currently, tuition at the University of San Francisco is roughly $25,965 per semester. When most students agreed to take on the financial burden of taking out loans to pay such an exorbitant fee, we did so because we expected to receive in-person face-to-face instruction, as well as the opportunity to seek out help from our professors during office hours. Because of the circumstances of this decision this is now no longer a possibility for students, and we are now essentially stuck paying $26,000 for online classes. This does not account for fees for campus activity fees (activities which have all been canceled),  lab fees, transportation fees, facilities fees, etc. It is no longer fair to charge students for such amenities. On top of this students are also being forced to move out of the residents halls. Rooming at USF can cost from $4,375-$7,470 and again it is not right for students to have to pay for a room they are not allowed to live in.

Because of the financial impact of this decision, we are asking for Father Fitzgerald and the University of San Francisco, to give partial refunds to all students.