I was recently told by my college (The College of New Jersey) that we would have to stay home until April 5th or unless told otherwise. Schools across the nation are doing the same, some schools are even going as far as to kick all students out regardless if they are international students or are students living in poverty.
One of my friends who goes to UPenn is being evicted from his dorm after UPenn stated that they will accommodate students in desperate need of housing and food. This came out of blue and students such as himself and others are left with no where to go. Princeton closed all facilities and left it up to its students to find housing on their own. TCNJ stated that they will allow its students to remain on campus if it were due to an extreme circumstance, such as international status or socioeconomic status. The only schools that seem to be kicking all students out are the private schools or the elite ones.
Students living in poverty or are here under a VISA are left stranded and alone with no way to get a good nights sleep and proper food. Towns are now opening homeless shelters and are offering free food as a result of the colleges denying students their request to remain on campus.
I see this as an attack on the youth currently going to school. Why are colleges sending these students home without considering their home life and their socioeconomic status? If college students are supposed to pay thousands of dollars to live at their school, why are college taking advantage? Are business profits more important than their students' health?
What are your thoughts on colleges handling the COVID-19?
As I said in my response to your last post, it should be upon student majority to decide whether or not to continue courses and regular functions. I feel this way due to the very reason that there are many underprivileged students who will lose out on education due to the circumstances a forced shutdown causes. It is unfortunate, but let's hope there's a plan being made or already prepared to address such situations after this all blows over.
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