Ultimately, Perillo says, the university wants students to understand what it means to ”be part of a community” to motivate them to make the safest decisions. ”To allow other members of our community… have jobs, so when we open… our residences, so comes with all that responsibility,” she said. If he chooses his child, Spivey said, he wouldn`t let her live on campus in the fall – the risks are just too high, he said. But, he said, if he advised the university, he would have ordered the administrators to make exactly the agreement they made. Students at Frostburg State University, who live in Edgewood Commons, which is also owned by MEDCO, have received a similar response when trying to get out of their leases – these decisions are in the hands of MEDCO. The University of Maryland is not the only school requiring students to sign similar waivers before returning to campus, and a debate is looming over whether these agreements are ethical. At the university, some have condemned the addendum for preventing students from being accountable to administrators for their decision-making, while others have criticized it for not prioritizing student finances in the midst of a global pandemic. The university, for example, has not sketched out how the bus system will work, which study rooms will be opened, or whether students will be punished for having people who don`t have their roommates in their residence, and draw a blurry picture of what university life will be like for students trying to assess the risk they run by living on campus. Despite his concerns, the wool signed the addendum and will live in the fall at Queen Anne`s Hall. He knows he can`t see any friends and probably has to spend much of his time in his dorm, but he said that secure housing for spring and access to research opportunities on campus are reason enough to return. For example, he says, says the university promises to monitor student temperatures daily and grossly don`t do, leading to a serious increase in cases.
In this case, Spivey said, it would be reasonable to think that the university could say it could not be held responsible, according to the agreement. On June 17, COCM, the private management company, sent an email to all residents of South Campus Commons and the Courtyards, the other student community managed by the COCM. They told students that they should ”check and sign a health and safety supplement” at their COVID-19-related fall rental. While students living in UMD residences had the option of either signing a housing contract accepting the new risks associated with COVID-19, or terminating their housing contract without financial penalty, the only possibility was that students living in private public housing would remain in the rental agreement or re-rent their room to another student. Tammy Spengler has two sons at UMD, an aspiring senior who has a lease with The Courtyards, and a new newcomer who has terminated his campus housing contract. ”It doesn`t make sense to me that the UMD lets some students die and other students have the right to protect themselves,” she said. University of Maryland students who want to live in residence this fall must not only sign the typical housing and hospitality contracts on campus, but also accept a series of new conditions related to the new coronavirus pandemic. [Incoming UMD freshmen debate on-campus living amid mostly virtual cases semester] But as the deadline for signing the documents looms on Monday, some have objected to the conditions in a new endorsement of the housing contract.