Law students fed up with COVID excuses: Demand university host in-person classes or lower tuition

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Conservative and libertarian students at Georgetown University’s law school have had it with the school charging them an arm and a leg to “attend” school but then turning around and denying them the opportunity for in-class learning.

In a letter dated Dec. 30th, the school’s Conservative and Libertarian Student Association demanded that university officials either withdraw their just-announced plans to reinstitute “virtual instruction” or reduce the tuition they charge.

The letter was reportedly written by the association’s co-presidents, Luke Bunting and Elana Quint, and directed specifically at Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia and George University Law Center Dean William M. Treanor.

View it below:

The letter was submitted a day after DeGioia emailed students a COVID update announcing that classes will resume as scheduled on Jan. 12th, but that they’ll be via remote learning “through January 30, 2022.”

He justified this decision by citing the otherwise mild Omicron variant.

“In recent weeks, we have seen the emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the Washington, D.C., region, across the country, and globally. Given that the surge in cases associated with the Omicron variant in the United States is projected to coincide with our return for the spring semester, we are adjusting our approach for the first few weeks of the semester,” he wrote.

In their rebuttal, Bunting and Quint wrote that this is “the latest in a series of disappointing decisions made by the administration in its handling of COVID-19” and rightly noted that the decision doesn’t jibe with even the Biden administration’s thinking.

“President DeGioia’s December 29th email credits the Omicron variant with spurring the move to virtual instruction. However, this decision fails to consider that both Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, along with numerous scientific studies, acknowledge that the Omicron variant is less severe,” they wrote.

“Hospitalizations and deaths remain low in the national capital area, with no reported deaths over the past seven days. That figure also belies the University’s claim that we are entering a new phase of the pandemic more dangerous than what students endured during the in-person Fall semester,” they added.

Georgetown University is located in Washington, D.C., just a couple of miles west of the White House.

(Source: Google Maps)

Plus, they continued, how do they know for certain that classes really will resume at the end of January? Because of the “vague” wording of DeGioia’s update, the school could still easily extend virtual learning once again.

“[T]he decision is frustratingly vague about whether mandatory virtual instruction will be limited to the end of January. The uncertainty of an in-person return not only comes at a psychological cost to students, but also a significant financial cost with arranging lease agreements, negotiating rent fees, and planning cross-country moves during the academic term,” Bunting and Quint wrote.

Keep in mind these costs come in addition to tuition, which reportedly ranges between $43,103 and $63,528 per school year at Georgetown University, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The two concluded their letter with their demand for reduced tuition.

“We ask President DeGioia and the Law Center’s Dean Treanor to re-implement in-person learning for the full Spring semester. If the school moves forward with its plan for mandatory virtual learning, we call for an appropriate reduction in tuition to account for the compromised semester being provided to Georgetown Law students,” they wrote.

Not mentioned in the letter, though it perhaps should have been, was that one of the key architects of the school’s draconian policies is Georgetown University chief public health officer, Dr. Ranit Mishori.

This is important because, like virtually every other left-wing elite in America, she’s a woman who doesn’t follow what she preaches.

Here’s the proof:

(Source: The Spectator)

According to The Spectator, this woman is responsible for a policy instituted on Dec. 14th that bars students from eating or drinking in public spaces, attending indoor events and working out in campus fitness centers.

Yet only days after Mishori announced this policy, she flagrantly posted a picture to Twitter of herself enjoying an indoor event at the Kennedy Center. Worse, she captioned the photo by writing that she was “living dangerously.”

She’s since deleted the photo, though she now maintains that she’d done nothing wrong because she’d been double-masked and boosted. But, as noted by Bunting and Quint in a statement to The Daily Caller, so are Georgetown students.

“If these measures are sufficient for the Kennedy Center, we must ask why they are not sufficient to keep our students on-campus for the spring semester,” they said.

“Our concern is that the school is knowingly sacrificing the quality of the education it provides in order to prevent an outcry from the vocal minority of students who demand maximalist COVID precautions in every situation, regardless of what the data says,” the two added.

They’re not wrong.

“Georgetown University requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, effective January 21, 2022, to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption,” the school’s own website admits.

But once again, for what may be the millionth time, it appears what’s good for the liberal elite goose isn’t good for the non-elite gander …


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