University of Michigan Housing announced in a letter sent out to undergraduate and graduate students that a refund of $1,200 would be offered for the 2019-20 academic year for students who move out by 5 p.m. today. According to Click on Detroit, the letter was sent out after a number of students expressed concerns over fears related to the rising COVID-19 pandemic.
The refund would be applicable to students who plan on moving out or have already moved out before March 25. Students who have already moved out can sign Express Check-Out Forms to automatically receive their funds. The refund would be supplemented to students' accounts in April. Several other scenarios have been considered, such as students who are returning to collect their belongings and students who wish to stay in University housing, which they will be allowed to do, according to Click on Detroit.
“We know many of you already have left campus while others continue to consider your decision given your personal circumstances and the increasing reports of community spread of the virus in the Ann Arbor area,” reads the letter, signed by the interim and associate vice presidents for student life.
There are currently over 50 cases of COVID-19 that have been reported in Washtenaw County, according to MLive.