“the administration is facing a significant backlash”
Georgetown has students living on campus but is still conducting classes remotely. Students who signed up for the campus experience want in-person classes to resume.
At Georgetown, tensions rise over the university’s decision to maintain distance learning
Anthony Abatemarco, 18, didn’t expect to begin his freshman year of college at Georgetown University from his childhood bedroom in Massapequa, New York.
When the school announced the spring semester would be largely virtual as well, he decided to move to Washington, D.C. anyway.
Feeling frustrated and alone after months of distance learning, many undergraduates are taking matters into their own hands. Some have found roommates through Facebook and Instagram and are living in apartments or hotels in the DC-area, trying to capture some of the communal college experience even though the campus is closed.
Abatemarco said he found a roommate through his freshmen theology course and they recently rented an apartment in Dupont Circle, roughly two miles from the school.
“I’m hoping moving to D.C. makes it better,” he said…
But as other universities announced plans to invite students back for the spring semester, including neighboring American University, Catholic University and Johns Hopkins, Georgetown asked just 500 additional seniors of the more than 6,300 enrolled undergraduates to live on campus — and, still, classes will be taught remotely.
Now the administration is facing a significant backlash.
“In spite of detailed knowledge of students’ difficulties, the administration has chosen to disregard our well-being. This cycle of indifference must not continue in the upcoming semester,” the Georgetown Student Association Senate said in a statement criticizing the university’s reopening plan.
More than 1,800 members of the community have also signed a petition to reopen the school for in-person learning.
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