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Next Candidate for the Fall Chopping Block? Student Housing Refunds

Universities across the country have written addendums into their residence-life contracts specifying that refunds will not be issued if a Covid-19 outbreak forces their campuses to close early this fall.

The University of South Florida has said that if any of its campuses have to shut down prematurely, students should not expect to be reimbursed for housing or dining fees they’ve already paid.

“The possibility of closing our residence halls entirely is a last resort that we do not expect will be necessary,” Adam Freeman, a university spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement. “However, in the interest of transparency we have informed students in advance that if they choose to sign a housing agreement, refunds will not be issued if we are forced to close the residence halls.”

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