Last week, Dr. Kenneth Garren, president of the University of Lynchburg, approved a 50% credit for room and board. Those credits will be processed as soon as possible.
“We were at the midpoint of the spring semester when the emerging pandemic led to our decision to have all residential students move home for the remainder of the academic year,” Vice President for Business and Finance Steve Bright wrote in an email to students on Friday. “We feel this credit is equitable and I do hope it proves to be helpful to students and families.”
Remaining balances on the Hornet declining balance meal plan will be credited to students’ accounts for use in the fall semester.
“Although the undergraduate handbook states that refunds will not be granted if there is a recess of classes due to a pandemic, the severity of the current crisis and the hardships placed upon students and families make the provision of an appropriate credit the correct action for the University,” Bright explained further.
Credits will be issued as follows:
● Continuing students will have the 50% room and board cost credited to their account for Fall 2020. The existing balance of the Hornet declining balance plan will be pushed to the fall, as well.
● Seniors will have the 50% room and board cost credited to their account, and will receive a refund for any positive balance on their account after May 18, 2020. Existing Hornet meal plan balances will be part of the credit.
● Students transferring or withdrawing from the institution after the Spring 2020 semester will be able to receive a refund for any positive balance on their account after May 18.
● Credits or refunds will be processed after May 18, or as soon as the student accounts staff is able to return to campus. Students should expect that process to take a few weeks.
The University of Lynchburg will continue to follow state and federal guidelines regarding gatherings and temporary business closures related to COVID-19 in order to protect its staff, the campus community, and the general public.
For more information, contact the University’s business office at 434.544.8606 or email@example.com.