“Students couldn’t sleep overnight, couldn’t eat. People broke down crying because they thought they had to move out as early as Friday”
There are some situations that just won’t be solved by protests. This is one of them.
Campus Reform reports:
Harvard, MIT students & faculty defiant amid colleges’ coronavirus commands
With colleges and universities closing across the country due to coronavirus concerns, students and faculty at some campuses have held protests over decisions affecting on-campus housing.
Harvard Law students protested outside the Dean of Students’ office while resident advisors met with campus officials to discuss concerns from students who live on campus. One student, Felipe Hernandez, told the Harvard Crimson that Harvard’s decision to vacate the campus has “put a lot of students into panic, anxiety, emotional distress.”
“Students couldn’t sleep overnight, couldn’t eat. People broke down crying because they thought they had to move out as early as Friday,” Hernandez added.
According to the Harvard Crimson, Dean of Students Marcia Sells sent an email to law students stating that Harvard Law School would provide financial assistance to students who needed to travel to relocate. Sells also wrote that students would not be evicted without a place to stay.
At MIT, approximately 50 undergraduate students, graduate students, and some faculty held a sit-in at the school’s Department of Student Life.
According to organizers, the protesters were calling for MIT to reconsider the petitions from students who have requested to stay on campus. They also asked for international students to receive housing.
Lilly Chin, an MIT graduate student and one of the organizers, lamented that there has been no official response from MIT on what students are supposed to do.
“There’s also been no discussion of how people can pay for their flights home, the boxes and storage,” Chin said told the Daily Beast.
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