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Umd Community Living Agreement

10.12.21 Posted in Uncategorized by

While students living in UMD RESIDENCES had the option to either sign an amendment to a housing contract accepting the new risks related to COVID-19, or terminate their housing contract without financial penalty, the only choice was to keep in the lease or rent their room to another student. If he chose his child, Spivey said, he wouldn`t let her live on campus in the fall – the risks are simply too high, he said. But, he says, if he was advising the university, he would have told the administrators that they would have to make exactly the deal they made. He knows he can`t see friends and probably has to spend much of his time in his dorm, but he said securing housing for the spring and having access to research opportunities on campus is reason enough to return. But as the deadline for signing these documents approaches on Monday, some have objected to the conditions set out in a new addendum to the housing agreement. For example, he says, the university says, promises to monitor student temperatures daily and do so roughly, resulting in a serious increase in cases. In that case, Spivey says, it would be reasonable to think the university would say they could not be held accountable under the agreement. “The announcement of the updated rules and regulations does not change the lease and was based on the expectations of the students who will be on campus this fall,” sent an email to South Campus Commons management to residents. “The lease allows for changes to rules and regulations if necessary.” The University of Maryland isn`t the only school where students have to sign similar waivers before returning to campus, and a debate about whether these agreements are ethical is taking shape. At this university, some condemned the endorsement because it prevents students from holding administrators to account for their decision-making, while others criticized it for not prioritizing student finances in the midst of a global pandemic. On June 17, 6, COCM, the privately owned management company, sent an email to all residents of South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, the other public-private student community run by COCM. They told students they needed to “review and sign” “a health and safety supplement” to their COVID-19 fall lease. The university, for example, has not sketched out how the bus system works, what study rooms will be opened or whether students will be punished for having people who are not their roommates in their dormitory – draw a blurred picture of what university life will be like for students trying to assess the risk they are taking, if they live on campus..

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