Student Refunds for Transition to Online Course Study
As many of you realize, TMSL has officially transitioned to online course study from the traditional in-class instruction for which our tuition was intended when appropriated by our respective lending institutions. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the TMSL student body has been precluded from using any of the school's amenities, i.e. Computer Room, Athletic Center, Recreational Facility, Cafeteria, Student Center and the Law Library. In addition, our tuition covers fees for services we are no longer receiving, for example parking, athletic, computer services, law tech, library services and medical services fees, etc. We have yet to receive our seat deposits and our tutorials are no longer available to us. Most importantly, the online course study is drastically inferior to the in-class instruction and is only made more difficult if you have unique circumstances at home that distracts from your learning experience, like kids or an elderly family member. It is important to note as reported on ABC news that most colleges and universities have already begun to issue these refunds without any inquisition from its student bodies. It is for the aforementioned reasons this petition is requesting that Thurgood Marshall School of Law refund its students both for our inability to access school amenities as well as any cost difference between the in-class instruction our loans were intended for and the online course study system we have transitioned to. These refunds can go a long way in helping the student body bridge the unfortunate financial gap this pandemic has caused, providing us some financial assistance until the country finds its way back to some sense of normalcy and school returns to in-class instruction.