Several students are calling for their universities to consider giving discounts or refunds for the spring semester, citing a remote start due to the omicron variant.
At colleges and universities across the country, students are beginning their semester just like they did at the beginning of the pandemic, sitting in front of their computers at home.
For Ezra Meyer, a junior at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he understands the intent for university officials to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on campus, but feels like remote learning isn't effective in accomplishing that.
"I just really don't think going online is an appropriate and effective mechanism to do that," Meyer said. "I speak for myself and I think probably the vast majority of students, when I say that it's just a much lower quality of education online, the professors are the same caliber, obviously, but it's just so much harder to learn looking at a screen versus actually being in class and being able to engage with your professor and your peers," Meyer said.
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Although George Washington University is returning to in-person classes on Jan. 18 after a one-week shift to remote learning, many services on-campus will be severely limited.
An email sent to the George Washington University community states that all in-person gatherings should be held remotely, dining on campus will be available in a "grab and go" format, fitness centers on campus will be closed, athletic events will be held without fans, as well as club and intramural sports competitions canceled.