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There are 6 comments on Coronavirus: BU Monday Roundup

  1. Your post simultaneously says that only students in extraordinary circumstances can stay on campus, but that you won’t refund room and board for students who “choose” not to stay on campus. Which is it? Trust requires consistency

  2. Agree with the previous comment about BU trying to have it both ways on room and board. The issue is not “financial hardship”, the issue is who is bearing the cost. My daughter is home now and for the foreseeable future, and I’m paying for an empty apartment in Boston that she may never return to–I’m paying for a service I’m not getting. I’ve been really proud of how BU has handled this entire crisis–communication and responsiveness have been very good and the right actions have been taken–except for this issue. I understand refunds will mean a big financial impact, but BU’s endowment is over $2B. Now is the time to make use of some portion of that staggering sum of money and make things right for parents and families.

  3. The MBTA is on a reduced schedule yet BU STAFF are on mandatory hours at BU. They haven’t been offered furlough pay during this pandemic to care of themselves and their families. Why is BU following protocol like other universities? I haven’t seen Announcements nor memos about additional sanitary resources the employees made to come to work like dining services security and mail services. These staff aren’t even offered additional double pay compensation. They haven’t even been offer 14 days the minimum requirement which the CDC AND WHO. Why isn’t BU caring for its staff?

  4. Sure, BU has done great with following protocol and encouraging students to go home. But, some parents are not working anymore because of the COVID-19 outbreak. They are working hard to make ends meet. Therefore, how can they be expected to pay for something that is not being used?

    Further, BU is “heavily encouraging” students to go home, yet still won’t refund housing for those that followed their wishes? I wonder how many students are actually staying at BU and how many actually went home.

    The Healthcare Improvement club project is a great idea. I’ve not read media coverage about a project like that as yet.

    Baker did a good job postponing the Boston Marathon. BU really should close for the entire semester. According to the news, Northeaster, Harvard, MIT, and more all did.

  5. Completely agree with the other parents comments. It is understandable that some students can’t go home and need to stay on campus but for those that could go home and BU strongly encouraged them to go home should be compensated appropriately and for everyone’s sake close the campus for the rest of semester!!

  6. It makes absolutely no sense to me why BU is saying the students can be on campus yet they “recommend” that students stay home. My daughter who is on medication that puts her at a higher risk of catching viruses and is allergic to certain chemicals. Due to this, we were able to get a single dorm room with a private bathroom her sophomore year and a single apartment this year. For her to be healthy, we are willing to pay the extra expense. She received an email Saturday afternoon telling her she had to vacate her apartment so it could be used as a quarantine room. The multi student rooms in the same building will be living next door to someone that is quarantined! My daughter has been moved to a double dorm room in a building where 6 students share 1 bathroom. She will need to go back on the meal plan, which, she barely used when she had it. Of course this is very stressful because they are ignoring every recommendation her health team put in place.
    Harvard, Tufts and MIT are just a few schools that have gone remote for the rest of the semester. This virus is going to get worse before it gets better! The government is saying no groups larger than 10 people and 6 feet distancing between people! How can that possibly be done in a dining hall or a tiny dorm room? Rather than leave items to be moved to my daughters new residence, we packed everything up and brought it all home in the hope that BU follows the path of Harvard and MIT and goes remote for the rest of the semester. It just makes sense! I can’t go to work as I’m sure many parents are in the same boat.

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