In light of recent events surrounding the coronavirus and its impact on business operations, Fourth View created the Return My Semester series to better understand how the virus has disrupted the education sector.

Fourth View has submitted FOIA requests to several universities or entities possibly connected. Information surrounding finances and guidance connected to COVID-19 was sought from approximately when campuses began acting.

The University of Baltimore responded to our request, which yielded no results. 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 the months of February and March of this year. The Office of Government and Public Affairs informed Fourth View that “the University has no responsive information.”