With cancellation of in-person exams, classes, varsity sports, fitness centres and clubs, university students believe they should receive some tuition reimbursement.

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January 10, 2022 (2 Minute Read)

By Kuwarjeet Singh

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus amid the emergence of the Omicron variant, the University of Toronto cancelled in-person exams as of December 16th. It will delay most in-class learning until January 31st.

Today, virtual classes commenced.

The university’s actions has garnered strong reactions from students.

“School going back online again is going to be rough, especially on everyone’s mental health,” says Karnbir Saini, a first-year computer engineering student at UofT, “My exam for chemistry was canceled, which was worrying, considering it was going to be worth 75% of my grade.”

“After the cancellation, my professor was able to boost everybody’s grades, but some people still had to write a deferred exam.”

Laiba Khan, a third-year double major in law, criminology and sociology student at UofT Missisuaga campus, believes that having to pay the same amount of tuition and for services while not having full experience is quite unfair.

“I don’t believe universities are providing the same amount of educational experience while being online,” Khan continues, “Universities often promise a university life experience when you enroll into a program, however, universities being online fail to provide such experience.”

The university announced that classes will resume virtually today, with the exception of some courses in health sciences. Student placements in the workforce will also resume in person. The majority of all other programs have moved on-line for virtual learning.

“We are taking these steps to protect the health and safety of our community, which is always our top priority,” said University of Toronto President Meric Gertler.

President Gertler added that the university will do whatever it can to support students living in residence on its three campuses.

“Throughout the pandemic, the university has shown its commitment to supporting the success and wellbeing of its students, wherever they may be living and studying,” he said. “This effort continues through this latest phase of COVID-19.”

Saini says, “We should get a partial refund for the services that are typically offered in-person like fitness and club fees. Universities already charge exorbitant prices on tuition.”