This is an online meeting of a student organization called You Chicago for fair tuition.
这是学生组织“You Chicago (你--芝加哥大学)”的一次线 上会议，会议目的是争取公平的学费。
They're demanding a refund for half of their spring semester tuition because they say their online classes aren't the same as being in the classroom.
I'm а visual arts major and I don't have access to my studio or any of the art resources anymore, my senior thesis show was cancelled.
In early Mау some refuse to рау tuition until university officials hear their concerns, the university says it won't raise tuitions and suggested students unable to pay should apply for benefits or ask for a deferral.
Students say the University of Chicago one of the wealthiest in the country can afford to return the tuition,
total that would cost the university less than 85 million which might sound like a lot but that's actually a tiny tiny fraction of their endowment which is over eight billion dollars.
All across the US, students of dozens of universities are signing petitions and filing collective lawsuits but experts say their chances to win are minuscule.
Most institutions live hand-to-mouth, they are very tuition driven there simply doesn't exist a giant kitty a giant piggy bank that they can say oh here's 20 percent of your tuition back.
Harvard might be able to do that if they do some super drawdown from their endowment but most institutions are not well endowed they live year-to-year based on the tuition revenues that they get from their students.
They've had to reorient their teaching their advising their counseling and all of these other activities into a room into a remote setting,
the buildings are still being paid for the equipment that our buildings are stuffed with are still being paid for, we have it mothballed the campuses.
Another challenge is how to measure the difference between online and in-class education.
You don't have whatever the tuition was that they charge and most of the colleges that charge that have online education in addition to face-to-face education charge the exact same amount.
So except for classes that are outright canceled, I think it's very hard for these lawsuits to succeed.
But students lawyers disagree and say they don't have access to labs libraries and other support the student paid for.
It's а contract issue you were promised а certain type of education and the university has breached that promise by not providing it we' re not faulting the university, but they just can't provide what they were contractually obligated to provide.
Students are also demanding a refund for accommodations meals and public transport.
Attorneys say the lawsuits may take some time to play out in court, but students are hoping both sides will reach a compromise before then.