The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has given Chancellor Jay Perman the authority to approve a partial refund of student fees, including room and board, parking and athletic fees.

Perman said during a public conference call Thursday afternoon that all university presidents in the system, which includes the University of Maryland, have expressed support for the move, indicating refunds are likely.

“They have a responsibility to students and families, a responsibility to support them, through this difficult time when their physical and financial health are in jeopardy,” Perman said. 

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The board’s vote to defer to Perman was unanimous. 

Perman and the university presidents are working to form a system decision, student affairs vice president Patty Perillo said. The implementation of the decision will be up to the individual campuses, she said.