A student at the University of Houston lost his residential assistant job and student housing after refusing to put wear a mask in a campus café last October.
Dobri Stalev, a mechanical engineering junior, claimed the university policy does not require individuals to wear masks when eating or drinking.
According to the university’s policy, as stated on its website, masks are not required when “consuming food or drink.”
Stalev appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied.
Stalev expects to pay approximately $13,000 over the course of his junior and senior year to cover his housing, former stipend and meals . He plans to move to New York for a job that will help cover these additional expenses.
The University of Houston’s executive director of media relations declined to comment on the basis of privacy laws.
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