Emerson Student in Trouble for Renting Dorm Room on Airbnb
An enterprising Emerson College student is in hot water with his school after attempting to rent out his dorm room on Airbnb.
Jack Worth, a 19-year-old sophomore, is facing possible expulsion for listing his dorm room on the popular accommodations site and also hosting guests on three separate occasions, according to an interview with Boston.com. Worth declined to state how much he charged for the room, but did say he had hoped to cover some of the cost of room and board at the school.
Subletting or renting college property is against school policy according to the contract students sign before they move into a dorm.
“The Emerson College residence hall policy and the housing contract that undergraduate residents sign prohibits students from subleasing or renting college housing units or beds to protect residents and the community from exposure to safety and security risks,” said an Emerson spokesman via email.
Students have rallied to Worth’s cause, launching a Change.org petition in support of him. At press time, the petition had received 292 signatures.
But not all Emerson College students appear to be lining up to support Worth. Here’s what some had to say on social media:
i wonder if these emerson kids trying to get the airbnb kid out of trouble know there’s an emerson rule banning profit on emerson property
— $hika (@shik_pea) February 1, 2016
An Emerson student legit tried to rent his DORM ROOM on Airbnb and is petitioning the alumni group to not pay the much deserved fines lmao!
— Krystal (@krysmetcalf) February 1, 2016