UO Approves Guaranteed Tuition Model Despite Student Protest

Mar 17, 2020


UO students protest on campus during the March Board of Trustees meeting.
Credit Nick Keough / Reclaim UO

On Tuesday, the UO Board of Trustees approved a guaranteed tuition model. Meanwhile students gathered on campus to protest the decision. Students were upset that the board was voting during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

About 10 students dressed in white hazmat suits and gloves, barricaded the doors of the UO’s Ford Alumni Center. Board members approved a guaranteed tuition model, which will increase tuition roughly 10% for incoming students, then be locked in for a five year period. 


UO student Nick Keough says the board should not have voted while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says gatherings should be limited to 10 people or less.


Said Keough, “We had a bunch of students reach out to the Board of Trustees and say, ‘Hey, there’s a world crisis happening right now. Many of us are having to go into quarantine or we’re losing our jobs, or we’re unsafe to be in public or around others.’”