Students at a BC university have been furious with the way the school has been dealing with snowstorms this winter season. The university did not cancelled classes during several different snow days this winter, and it has caused major backlash from students and staff. Today, Simon Fraser University in Metro Vancouver has cancelled classes because of the snowy weather conditions, but students are outraged because they are saying the announcement comes way too late.
The university made the announcement on their Twitter this morning on Thursday, March 7 around 9 AM and said that all morning classes would be cancelled because of the snowy weather conditions. They added that road conditions to the campus were poor.
The university said that all classes that started before 12 PM had been cancelled for the day, but there was no word on afternoon classes yet. However, many classes start at 8 or 9 AM, which means many students already were stuck on campus or had already begun the commute to their classes.
Check out the tweets that SFU posted on Twitter announcing the class cancellation below.
1/2: SFU's Burnaby campus is experiencing unforecasted weather conditions. Road conditions on Burnaby Mountain are very poor. Please delay commuting to Burnaby campus at this time. All classes that start before noon are cancelled.
2/2: If you are on Burnaby mountain, please stay on Burnaby Mountain until road conditions improve. If you are in transit, return home or to another campus. An update will be posted at 10am regarding afternoon classes. Vancouver and Surrey campuses remain at regular operations.
The announcement from SFU asks students who are already on campus to stay put and to wait for road conditions to improve. In other words, students are now trapped on the campus.
SFU is located on Burnaby Mountain, and due to the relatively higher elevation, the area usually receives more snowfall than other parts of Metro Vancouver. Many students do not feel safe driving or commuting to the campus when the weather conditions are snowy.
Students are now furious over this delayed announcement. They say it comes way too late, and several people are even saying that they're already stuck because they commuted to school since no announcement came that their classes were cancelled, until it was too late.
Check out what students had to say below in response to SFU's snow day announcement.
It started snowing last night at 9pm. A snowfall warning was forecasted in advance. Telling students at 9am that classes are cancelled is too late for 85% of your students who dont live in Burnaby & have commutes of 2+ hrs pic.twitter.com/w3gcEEYWmK
I have been checking this since 7am and left at 8:20 assuming since you posted nothing class would be on. you guys need to get it together
That honestly took too long, please don’t let this happen again
you guys are so disorganized. 9am is the time you decide to tell us this ?
Lmao it's too late for a lot of us, good job SFU. So mediocre.
"Please delay commuting to Burnaby campus at this time" WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? DELAY FOR HOW LONG? SFU IS BEING RUN BY A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!
Many people are already stuck on campus due to the late announcement.
Cool. Coolcoolcoolcool. Really glad i busted my ass getting up this morning only to now be stuck on the mountain 🤘
Thanks. Unfortunately too late. You need to do a better job at monitoring these things. Traffic conditions said poor earlier this morning, should have cancelled then. Now students are stuck up hill.
My car is stuck and the tow truck cant make it to SFU until tomorrow due to the weather conditions. Im fine staying here but where would you suggest I can safely stay overnight on campus SFU?
Too late. People are already trapped!
Thank you now. I am stuck on the library and I have a midterm on downtown camps this afternoon. Tell me how I should manage to go there now?
SFU will announce later this morning on their Twitter whether classes in the afternoon that start at 12 PM or later will be canceled.
However, many students are already furious that they had to make the commute to school only to find out that classes were cancelled and that they were now stuck on campus.
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