Coronavirus Tuition Refunds
Petition to International Office
Reduce Tuition Fee for International Student
We are international Students studying in East Central University located in Ada, Oklahoma. Since we are mentally and physically affected by the situation of Corona Virus (Covid-19), we would like to request the University to reduce the tuition fee. The situation is similar in our home countries. As the country is in complete lock-down, our parents are not allowed to go to work or run their businesses. In fact they themselves are in financial crisis and are unable to finance fully for our living expenses and tuition until this deadly pandemic gets reduced/ eradicated. As it is getting worst day by day and we are not authorized to work in the state it is getting hard for us to manage our living expenses and tuition fee. As a temporary visa holder we are not provided any benefit by the government and we are facing the same risk as the U.S citizens. Hence, we are hoping that if we can get some help from the University by reducing certain amount of tuition fee till this pandemic get reduced/ eradicated, it would be of great help for us to continue our degree. We never wanted or anticipated this to happen. No one did. Perhaps this is why it is called a pandemic. But let's stay strong. TOGETHER WE GOT THIS! I would like to request everyone to sign this petition to help us for coping this global pandemic situation.
Petition to The University of Texas at Austin President, The University of Texas Board of Regents
UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work Grad Students demand action for tuition rates!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected students, their families, loved ones, the greater Austin community, and the entire world. Students have lost jobs, health, financial support, have unanticipated childcare needs, and will be looking for full time positions in an economy that is being predicted to be much more dire than that of the 2008/2009 recession. The best way The University of Texas at Austin can support students during this time is to help alleviate the financial burden of the degree for which they have worked so hard during the last year(s). We, the students at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work, request that the University of Texas at Austin and/or the Steve Hicks School of Social Work: 1. Waive or Refund 3 credits for graduate students. These 3 waived or refunded credits will allow extended field students to not have to bear the burden of paying for their field placement hours over the summer, especially since they are not receiving the field education for which they are paying. Block students who have paid all 9 credit hours of their field experience will be able to use the 3 credit waiver to cover an online summer class, as they have also not received the field education for which they paid. Additionally, for those who have already paid the 3 credit hours but do not have any summer classes to complete, we are requesting a reimbursement of the funds paid by students for those 3 credits that they did not have the opportunity to complete because of the reduction in field hours. Equity is an important value that we have been taught by you. 2. Summer class tuition reduced to 50% of fall tuition for ALL graduate students. The administration has committed to reducing tuition to 50% for undergraduate students; the same should be available for all graduate students. Graduate students contribute to making the University of Texas at Austin the tier-one research institution that it is, and giving all students equal resources is the fairest option. Along with this, graduate students are being required to pay for a credit for clinical experience that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are not able to receive. Summer classes will be electives, many of which are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Meaning that graduate students will be paying a higher tuition than their undergraduate peers for the same exact curriculum. Again, equity is an important value that we have been taught by you. What starts here changes the world; that can only happen if we are able to finish our degrees and pursue our dreams of helping others. Please consider supporting your students. We need your support now more than ever.
Petition to Governor Walz, tim walz, Governor Tim Walz
Open our Minnesota campgrounds
The weather is finally warm enough to comfortably be outside for extended periods of time. For everyone’s sanity, we are asking that campgrounds be opened back up, with restrictions to common areas and playgrounds. When camping, it’s easy to social distance ourselves and be self contained. We all need our fresh air and sunshine. Please open our Minnesota campgrounds! Don’t delay opening for the season! Start a petition of your own
Petition to Westfield State University
Refund 50% of all fees for Spring 2020 at WSU
Westfield State University has decided to only refund 50% of housing and dining costs. Additionally, those with commuter plans are not receiving 50% back on meal plans because they are rolling dining dollars over to next semester. Students are not being compensated for any additional fees that come to living on campus such as a “general fee” for living on campus ($4,463), technology fees ($365), fitness center ($92), student activities fee ($62). These are all fees that are strictly meant for on campus living. Students should receive a full 50% refund on all fees aside from tuition in order to compensate for the spring semester switching to online. In addition, commuters should be compensated for meal plans and parking passes and the administration should consider compensation for student workers. For more information on how WSU intends to handle refunds currently visit: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/offices/student-accounts-bursar/faqs
Petition to CCU
Give a Partial Housing and Meal Plan Refund at Coastal Carolina University
We are thankful for the actions taken by CCU to keep the university community healthy and safe. However, we want to ensure that our classmates and their families are not unintentionally harmed as a result of those decisions. Due to the measures that Coastal Carolina University have taken against the spread of COVID-19, students and their families have been left with financial losses from housing and meal plan expenses. Therefore, we are calling on the University to offer a partial reimbursement of housing and meal plan costs to students. As we all know, freshmen are required to live in on-campus residence halls and purchase a meal plan. But due to the administration’s decision on March 15 to close these residence halls, these students are no longer getting what they paid for. Instead of a full semester’s worth of housing, they are losing three weeks. If the University is going to take such drastic action, then it should be responsible for reimbursing students for those lost weeks. Of course, if students are not allowed to live on campus, then they cannot use their meal plan, so three weeks worth of meal plan fees should also be refunded as well. The cost of higher education is already historically high, and with South Carolina families facing disease and uncertainty, and with the economy in distress, now isn't the time to profit.
Petition to Students
Stop Lincoln University from refusing to refund the students for the remainder of semester
Hello, I am currently a student at Lincoln University and since the coronavirus outbreak we have to leave campus by Sunday March 15, 2020. We still have 6.5 weeks left of school but since we’re going home, we have to take online classes. We won’t be here on campus, so why should we pay for housing and meal plans? I know you feel the same way I feel, so please sign this petition so we can get refunded!
Petition to President Robert Barchi, Board of Governors
We Are Not Disposable: Don’t Let Rutgers Purge Dedicated Teachers!
Monday, April 13, 2020 To President Barchi, the Board of Governors, and the broader Rutgers community: We Are Not Disposable: Don’t Let Rutgers Purge Dedicated Teachers On April 2nd, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Rutgers announced a hiring freeze for all employees, including its adjunct faculty (called Part-Time Lecturers or PTLs). As most PTL contracts must be renewed each semester, this “hiring freeze” could effectively amount to termination for many of Rutgers’ most valuable educators. Since April 2nd, top administrators have instructed some university deans to reduce PTL positions by as much as 25 percent, and to also make cuts to curricula. Administrators made these decisions unilaterally, without consulting the labor unions that represent the more than 20,000 workers essential to fulfilling Rutgers’ core mission. Why are administrators endangering the education of our students and threatening to harm the most vulnerable members of its faculty? In response to this outrageous and unfair policy, we, the undersigned, demand the following of the administration: Rescind the April 2nd policy announcing a PTL hiring freeze; Rescind any instructions to Deans to cut PTL hires by 20% or more. Further, in light of the nature of the COVID-19 health emergency and its implications for the lives and well-being of Rutgers most vulnerable teachers: Immediately provide access to Rutgers health clinics for PTLs, and all other uninsured part-time employees at Rutgers, free of any charge; Provide compensation in the amount of $1,250 per course to PTLs who put in extra hours to rapidly transition to remote instruction; Cancel spring course evaluations because it is unfair to evaluate PTLs for teaching for courses that were transitioned to distance learning; Advance all qualified PTLs applying for promotion this semester (before June 1st), without “classroom” observation; and Recognize and empower a Rutgers Community COVID-19 Task Force in which all stakeholders—representatives of faculty and other Rutgers’ unions, student representatives, and community leaders—are equal partners in crisis response. Context: Rutgers employs roughly 3,000 PTLs statewide, who teach thousands of courses, and tens of thousands of students, every semester. Most PTLs make less than $5,500 per course with no benefits, and have worked overtime this spring without additional compensation for moving courses online. Cutting the number of PTLs not only weakens Rutgers’ primary institutional mission—to educate students—it also makes little financial sense. Reducing PTL courses by 20-25% will net less that $6 million in savings, perhaps far less. If Rutgers needs to save money, why not do what Stanford and other universities have done, and begin with temporary pay cuts for top administrators who have the highest salaries? For example, athletic coaches some of whom earn well over a million dollars, continue to draw salaries even while Rutgers sports are suspended. Additionally, there are 247 administrators at Rutgers who make more than $250,000 a year. Temporarily capping salaries at $250,000 could save $29 million. Further, there is no evidence that the university in fact faces any budgetary emergency. We know that Rutgers retains a “rainy day fund” totaling as much as $805 million, and that it will receive federal stimulus aid (around $55 million). Why not use these funds to ensure the quality education and protect some of the university’s most experienced teachers? Why look to layoff the lowest-paid faculty members, especially when alternative employment is likely to be severely limited due to hiring freezes at other universities? The COVID-19 pandemic is laying bare the inequities in our workforce and our workplaces. Rutgers PTLs stand together, and in solidarity with all members of the Rutgers community and beyond, whose jobs and well-being are threatened by this crisis, to say: “We are not disposable.” Together, we have the power to stop the university’s thoughtless efforts to manage this crisis on the backs of its most vulnerable employees. We, the undersigned, call upon the administration to do the right thing and respond quickly to this petition and its demands. The PTLFC-AAUP-AFT Executive Board Ann Alter Lauren Barbato Frank Bridges Roseli Golfetti Sheryl Goski Amy Higer David Letwin Paul More Heather Pierce Bryan Sacks Dan Sidorick Karen Thompson Alex Walter David Winters Deonca Williams
Petition to Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House, Bernie Sanders, Patrick J. Leahy, Peter Welch, Phil Scott, Alison Clarkson, Peter D. Anthony, Selene Colburn, Barbara Rachelson, Jill Krowinski, Marcia Lawrence Gardner, Anthony Pollina, Brian Collamore, Catherine "Kitty" Toll, Christopher A. Pearson, Kesha Ram, Phil Baruth, Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Tim Ashe, Becca Balint, Diana Gonzalez, Dick Sears, Jr., Jeanette K. White, John Rodgers, Sam Young, Carol Ode, Charlie Kimbell, Vermont State College Board of Trustees, Jeb Spaulding
Securing the Future of the Vermont State Colleges
As we move forward through the COVID-19 crisis we are seeing more and more businesses and communities being impacted negatively by this. The Vermont State Colleges System is no exception to this! This is the true test of the colleges within the system financially. Each of the four institutions that comprise the VSCS is key to the communities they surround and play an important role in the Vermont economy. Without them, this could cause irreversible damage to local economies within the state. Today we are asking for your support to pressure the Governor’s office as well as the State Legislature to give the State College System the financial support that it critically needs and deserves. The system is facing a deficit upwards of $8.5 Million for this year, which will have real and damaging implications. We are proposing that the state give the system enough money to compensate for the deficit and increase the yearly state appropriation from covering only 18% of the system’s cost to requesting an additional $25 million on top of the current appropriation. The system has been long plagued by state appropriation shortfalls from the state which has led the schools to struggle. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Castleton University, Vermont Tech, and Community College of Vermont employ over 1,800 people in every county across the state and provides an education to over 11,000 students, 83% of whom are Vermont residents. Reviving the VSCS is key in reviving rural Vermont and providing not only Vermonters but people from all over this country with the essential skills needed in today’s economy. Northern Vermont University alone contributes about $113 million to the economy. Downsizing even one campus will have significant and long-term impacts on the surrounding communities. A little about myself. My name is Patrick Wickstrom and I currently attend Northern Vermont University - Lyndon studying both Atmospheric and Climate Change Science. I also serve as the Financial Controller for our Student Government Association, am a Resident Assistant, captain of the Men’s Tennis Team, and a very active member of this campus and its community. My story starts at a young age when I learned I had a passion for weather and growing up in North Texas with our severe weather only grew that passion. When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I learned about a school called Lyndon State College, now Northern Vermont University, and fell in love with it. It was always my dream to attend Lyndon because of the quality of its Atmospheric Sciences Department. As it came time to apply to college, I only applied to one school, Lyndon. I could’ve applied and gone to Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Louisiana Monroe, but instead, I chose Lyndon. I knew that going to a smaller school far from home was the right choice for me. When I finally arrived in January of 2019, it was everything I thought it would be. I have made some of the best friends of my life, made connections with faculty and staff that I wouldn’t have elsewhere, and been given opportunities of a lifetime. I even stayed in the summer of 2019 to work at Mountainview Country Club because I fell in love with the state of Vermont so much. Going to school at NVU - Lyndon has been the best decision of my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Supporting our school and the VSC helps students like me reach their goals and brings people to the great state of Vermont, which helps support its economy.