UB Admin. Silent on Tuition Refund, says FOIA request

  Photo credit: Fourth View Media

A public information request to University of Baltimore officials ranging from President Kurt Schmoke, Provost Smith, and Chief Financial Officer Beth Amyot yielded no results. 

University of Baltimore is one of nearly a dozen universities to receive a public information request from Fourth View Media, a multimedia company. 

These requests have been a part of “Return My Semester”, a series of Fourth View Media, that maintains a public database showcasing actions taken by universities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions can range from refunding student fees and parking to providing tuition credits at a prorated rate. 

Return My Semester’s database is growing with only University of Baltimore and University of Maryland at College Park being the only schools with data in Maryland.   

Fourth View, in their press release, recognized the University of Baltimore as the first university among those who received FOIA requests to respond. 

“That request sought communications, including emails, of President Kurt Schmoke, Executive Vice President and Provost Darlene Brannigan Smith, and Director of Finance Karen Karmiol that contained the phrase “tuition reimbursement” or “tuition refund” during months of February and March of this year,” said the press release from Fourth View. “The Office of Government and Public Affairs informed Fourth View that “the University has no responsive information.”

“We will continue to shed light on the discussion around how the coronavirus has impacted education and the campus experience by acting as a central resource for not only students,” said Dylan Thomas, content strategist for Fourth View to the UB Post. “But also for the general public. ”

University of Baltimore students have organized a Change.org petition on a tuition refund which could be accessed here.

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