Petition calls for tuition break for University of Windsor students

Updated : 2020-05-13Source :
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The University of Windsor is being called upon to give idled students a break with their wallets.  A petition is being circulated on, urging the university to reconsider its current tuition structure, and offer at least partial tuition refunds to students.  According to the petition, started by U of W student Haroon Ahsan, the university has not taken the COVID-19 pandemic, or its effect on education at the school, into account.  “The University of Windsor continues to enforce terms occurring in its tuition fee structure unabated. It has not caused any reductions, even by a small margin, during this pandemic,” read the petition. “Most, if not all, courses are being taught online, and it is widely understood that online courses are cost-effective.”  U of W went to an online instruction model in mid-March, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization. Non-essential events have been cancelled or postponed. Students, however, do have access to university buildings, though the majority of faculty and staff have been doing their jobs from home.  The fact that online instruction will continue through the spring and summer terms without a tuition break has not been overlooked by those who have signed the petition so far.  “The reluctance to withhold adjustments [or] reconsideration of the tuition fee structure is being observed despite the fact that all courses, including the Summer Semester, shall be taught online,” read the petition. “We genuinely appreciate the concern demonstrated and efforts made by the administration in observing social protocol in the time of COVID 19. But that is not the only concern that emerges from this situation.”  In a YouTube video posted on May 1, U of W President Dr. Robert Gordon did not directly mention tuition, but he did say positive discussions had begun toward resuming on-campus activities.  As of Tuesday evening, about 2,200 people had signed the petition, which went online a week ago and can be accessed here.