Trinity College Dublin is allowing students to remain in their accommodation for the rest of the semester if they meet certain criteria, the college told students in an email sent on March 16th.
The email, sent to all Trinity students, told residents that ” from 8pm tomorrow (March 17), all students living in Ireland must return home within Ireland and stay at home until notified otherwise. Students with a home overseas should aim to have left their Trinity accommodation by 5pm Wednesday on March 18.
“This decision has been taken because large, highly concentrated numbers of students living on campus will increase the chance of rapid transmission of the coronavirus. Our capacity to quarantine those who are sick and those who have been exposed is extremely limited,” the email said.
Specific criteria was detailed in the email for anyone wishing to remain in their accommodation. This includes students facing homelessness, a student with COVID-19, or is self isolating, a student with family at home with COVID-19, students facing immigration, travel or visa restrictions, a student who’s home has limited internet connectivity, and PHD students who must remain on campus to complete research or their thesis.
Trinity also told students residing in Trinity Hall and on campus that they will be refunded on a “pro rata basis”, and the college will “offer their full support to students staying at Binary Hub and Kavanagh Court if they seek refunds from the owners.”
University College Dublin and Maynooth University have both agreed to refund students their rent for the remainder of the semester should they wish to vacate their accommodation, and are encouraging students who are facing problems with their privately rented accommodation to contact the universities if they wish to avail of on campus residences
University of Limerick has not informed students of any similar policies, with University President Des Fitzgerald saying no decision on accommodation refunds will be made until at least the 29th of March.
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