University of Maryland students continue to protest campus housing

Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 17:29:23-04

MARYLAND — Education has been difficult this year from kindergarten to college. However, some University of Maryland students are continuing to negotiate housing.

Students protesting today say the south commons housing on campus is still holding them to their contracts for this fall, even though there is no in-school learning.

"I want them to give us the option to get out of our lease entirely because these are apartments that are only for students and now UMD is not doing in person classes, so there is really no point to be here," said University of Maryland senior Gavin Kohn.

"A lot of students around this situation have been feeling left behind, abandoned," said another UMD senior Hannah Aalemansour. "We've had a lot of silence in spite of all the efforts we've made."

Students say they can get out of their housing contract if they find a replacement, but that's unreasonable since nobody would want to pay to live on a campus that is closed.

WMAR-2 News reached out to Maryland Economic Development Corporation, who owns the properties, but we have not heard back.

In the past, the university has said that it's unable to release students due to obligations to bond holders, vendors and other entities, as well as, not being eligible for any of the federal relief programs that are currently available.