The University of Nevada, Reno announced this morning it will offer refunds to students for dorms they are being forced to vacate because of COVID-19.
UNR’s email to students yesterday, saying students would still be on the hook for dorm fees, drew significant community outrage. A Change.org poll was signed by more than 8,000 people demanding what they said was a more equitable approach.
“It is unfair and irresponsible for the University to not grant refunds to the students who are being emergency evicted and will not be using school services,” the poll stated.
UNR officials this morning announced they changed their minds.
“Effective immediately, [UNR] is modifying its decision about on-campus housing for the remainder of the spring, 2020 term, to protect the health and safety of our student residents and also to reassure their families that we understand the circumstances many of them now face,” the university wrote in a statement.
The following accommodations will now be made:
- The University will prorate occupancy and provide a refund to all student residents who have been asked to stay home in order to receive remote instruction. These refunds will be processed as these residents are identified and issued within 14 days.
- Those students with extenuating circumstances who have been approved to remain in on-campus housing (for example,international students, students who are homeless, in foster situations, or from areas where travel has been ordered to cease) will continue to be responsible for completion of their rental and meal plan contracts.
- If a student resident has belongings remaining in the residence hall room after spring break, those rooms will be locked and the owner of these belongings will remove materials by May 13. One does not need to return immediately nor does one have to fill out a survey with explanation of extenuating circumstances. As always, students unable to meet the May 13 deadline should notify the Housing office by May 1 so that accommodations can be made.
- For those who purchased meal plans and cannot use them due to their absence from campus, a prorated refund will be issued for the number of weeks remaining in the term.
Residents are encouraged to call 775-784-1113 or email[email protected].
This Is Reno’s COVID-19 news coverage
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center announced that starting Friday, Dec. 4 it’s postponing elective surgical and procedural cases requiring an inpatient hospital stay at the facility.
The county reported an increasing number of deaths since last week through Wednesday. Over the last 14 days there have been 63 deaths from COVID-19.
Nevada health officials reported 1,642 new coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths on Monday, warning that the statewide surge shows few signs of slowing as the worst month of the pandemic comes to a close.
President Donald Trump today retweeted a false claim about Renown’s parking garage, which has been converted into a care site for COVID-19 patients.
State health officials shared an update on resources available statewide to help Nevadans with COVID-19-related mental health issues.
Washoe County reported 16 more people have died from COVID-19 since ominous warnings were given by health officials during a press call on Tuesday.
For some university students, full remote learning won’t change much in their daily lives. Previous pandemic changes have already made a dramatic impact.
Multiple officials are reporting a crisis situation in Washoe County from spiking COVID-19 cases and daily deaths.
Washoe County School District’s Board of Trustees voted yesterday to move most middle and high school students to distance learning.
City proposes using $1.3 million in COVID-19 funds to provide Talkspace therapy services for all Reno residents
The Reno City Council next week will consider an agenda item that will provide free mental health counseling to all Reno residents.