Here are some excerpts from a statement from the CSCU CFO, Ben Barnes, on the current housing charges for Fall semester, 2020.
...The approach described here is based on official Board of Regents policies and, in some cases, practices or procedures that have been agreed to by the Presidents and leadership of each university and the CSCU system.
...In 2020, because of COVID and the uncertainty surrounding public health measures and which courses would be delivered on-line or in-person, some of these decisions came later than normal. In response, the universities extended the time for cancelling housing contracts without penalty for an additional month. (see Board action here.)
Some students have asked if the universities will adjust the housing fees because the calendar calls for closing the residence halls at Thanksgiving and converting to all on-line instruction for the final weeks of the semester. The universities, with the concurrence of the Board of Regents, will not reduce housing and meal plan fees because of the calendar this year...
More importantly, in the interest of providing a safe on-campus experience for our students the Universities have had to commit significant additional money. These costs include cleaning, testing, quarantining, contact tracing, technology, and many other categories. While some of those costs will be supported with funding from the federal government, some or most will not.
Nevertheless, the Board of Regents and the universities are determined to treat our students fairly, and with compassion for the difficulties we all face this year. If the universities have to close the residence halls unexpectedly because of public health requirements, we will compensate the students who are impacted by the closure based on the length of the closure compared to the calendar in effect when the semester began...We will do it again if necessary.
In addition, the Board of Regents policy on housing refunds (see here) includes an appeal process that students may use to seek a refund in the event of unusual circumstances.
There is a variety of information available about Covid-19 and WCSU's planned responses. You can begin your search for information on the University's COVID-19 Reopening page.
For information more specific to the residence halls, please see the Living On Campus During Covid-19 page.