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University of Iowa “automatically” granting dorm refunds until Thursday

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The University of Iowa Housing and Dining office says students looking to get out of their residence halls for this or next semester have until Thursday to get a guaranteed refund.

The university says some students are trying to get out of housing contracts for fear of catching COVID-19 or because all of their classes have been moved online.

The original deadline for students to cancel their dorm contracts was Friday August 14 (the day before move-in started). Administrators sent students an email last Friday Sept. 4 letting them know the deadline was extended. They must be completely moved out by Sunday Sept. 13 to qualify.

We are aware that, during the first couple weeks, some classes may have shifted to an online format. Also, you may have increasing personal concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Students who are interested in a housing contract release for academic year 2020-2021 or deferral until Spring 2021 will have their request automatically granted through Thursday, September 10, 2020. Moveout must be scheduled by September 10 and completed no later than Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Excerpt from an email sent to on-campus students last Friday.

Officials say contract breaks requested after Thursday will be assessed on a "case by case basis".

Students will be charged for housing until they check out and return their keys. Refunds will then be calculated and included on the student's October billing statement.

As of Monday morning, 97 students are self-isolating in residence halls after testing positive and 15 are in quarantine because of a possible exposure.

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Travis Breese

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