‘Help us prioritize you’
Responding to the coronavirus outbreak, George Washington University will begin assessing fines to students who are “not approved” to stay through spring break and have had their rooms marked “vacant.”
These students have until March 20 to leave campus – otherwise they could be fined as much as $2,500 and be put on “disciplinary probation,” according to The Hatchet.
“[I]n the face of impending disruption by this public health emergency,” students must “help us prioritize you, your health and safety during this time,” read the Saturday morning email from campus officials.
GWU had moved up the deadline to apply to remain on campus following the move to online classes; the original date of March 18 was changed to the 16th. A Friday email stated that only students “who have nowhere else to go” would be approved to stay.
Adding to the consternation, GWU turned off “tap access” to its residence halls very early Saturday morning. To regain access, students had to go to the Campus Living e-services website where, after an electronic “check in” and half-hour wait, they were granted access to the dorms.
The Friday campus email had warned students about tap access being deactivated.
That email also stated: “We have been telling you that your health, your safety and your well-being are our number one priority.”
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