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COVID-19 Economic Relief for ERAU Student Employees

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Dear President Butler,

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has made these very uncertain times, especially as college students. Your leadership during this time has not gone unnoticed. We as students in the Embry-Riddle family are grateful for your communication and coordination in transitioning our school to online to protect us from the outbreak. This act alone is essential to our success as students, giving us one less thing to worry about.

That being said, some of us also work for the University. We support the school's essential functions as graders, tutors, dispatchers, desk assistants, drivers and so much more. If we could be working right now, we would be at our positions and ready to serve the school. Unfortunately, the capabilities and functions of the school have rapidly declined due to the outbreak and the jobs we used to have no longer exist. At best, this is a mild inconvenience, but for many, on-campus jobs were a major source of income for students. Like our fellow faculty, we have bills and rent to pay, as well as groceries to buy (something that is already difficult with our nation in a panic.)

For these reasons, we the student employees of Embry-Riddle are requesting some form of COVID-19 economic relief. Some of our ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Paid time off. Similar to what many of the faculty have been encouraged to take.
  • Alternative work. Perhaps something that could benefit our community.
  • Online work. Something for students to do while away from campus.
  • Meal vouchers. Allowing us to eat for free from the School or take groceries from the on-campus store to cook at home.

We understand that at this time, you have many important things on your mind. We just ask that you take the time to hear our concerns as student employees in the Embry-Riddle family so that we can face this immense challenge ahead of us.


Student Employees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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