Published on 6th October 2020 at 17:11.
Universities Resist Border Controls (URBC), with the help of your SU Officer team, has arranged a national day of action for Wednesday 7 October, in solidarity with Tier 4 International Students who are in precarious study and fee conditions.
"Earlier this year URBC found that Tier 4 international students indicated that they were having problems paying their tuition fees as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown both here in the UK and in their respective countries. Some Tier 4 international students have been withdrawn from their university courses for being unable to pay their tuition fees. They are now facing visa curtailments that would lead to them being deported out of the UK.
Meanwhile, Tier 4 international students are not only disproportionately impacted by the threat of withdrawals for being unable to pay their tuition fees since this puts them at risk of having their visas curtailed and of being deported. Moreover, six months on, they are still being met with inadequate support as universities have resumed for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The University of Sussex is on the list of institutions that URBC initially found as being extremely draconian in their treatment of Tier 4 international students, including withdrawing them for being unable to pay their tuition fees during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as extortionately overcharging international students for daily meals while in quarantine, in addition to increased surveillance and monitoring mechanisms through the introduction of body cams.
This is why on Wednesday 7 October 2020, URBC is calling for a national day of action to demand the following three things from university senior leadership:
1. #EndHostileEnvironment -- While UK universities maintained during the COVID-19 lockdown that they were not engaged in the monitoring of Tier 4 international students, URBC has found that they were still reporting Tier 4 international students to the Home Office.
2. #TuitionFeeAmnestyNOW -- We demand that Tier 4 international students who are unable to pay their tuition fees as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown both here in the UK and in their respective countries be given an amnesty on paying their tuition fees at this difficult time.
3. #NoCashCowCovidUni: At the start of the UK COVID-19 lockdown, URBC and MRN found that 56% of Tier 4 international students who responded to our study were either destitute or at risk of facing destitution".