“University of Virginia students will have to pay $65-100”
This is outrageous. Parents and students would be justified in being angry over this.
The College Fix reports:
After sudden coronavirus evictions, universities demand students pay to get their stuff back
If you were tempted to feel sympathy for the plight of higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic, this will help you resist temptation.
Some universities are not only packing up students’ belongings without telling them first, but demanding that students pay them to get their own stuff back following short-notice evictions that were portrayed as temporary, Inside Higher Ed reports.
University of Virginia students will have to pay $65-100 if they want to retrieve their own belongings from a storage site before the state’s June 10 stay-at-home order expires. Those who can’t pick them up physically because of other government restrictions on their movement will also be charged shipping:
Several students, including [recent Student Council president Ellie] Brasacchio, who does not live in one of the affected residence halls, attempted to move out weeks ago, but the office of housing and residential life had changed locks and access codes to the buildings, she said.
George Washington University led students to think they were coming back to campus in early April, leading many to leave belongings behind, student Amelia Larkin said. Then the private university pulled the rug out from under them, saying online instruction would continue the rest of the academic year and they shouldn’t come back:
George Washington later told students in an email that private moving companies would pack up and store their belongings. “Non-essential” items will be stored in a facility until the fall semester, and if students want to retrieve belongings before then, they “may have options to pay” to have them shipped to them, the university said in a message to students on April 6. …
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