Students are asking Ryerson University to cancel classes and events
Following the news that Laurentian University in Sudbury has cancelled all in-person classes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryerson University students are asking their school to do the same.
Students have taken to social media to request that the school move classes online and cancel events before the virus spreads hits campus.
Ryerson should cancel class https://t.co/9XV1r6fOTV— 神與我們同 (@agente_zer0) March 12, 2020
"What are we waiting for? I rather have our school take precaution and prevent the spread of corona virus rather than wait until last minute for the corona virus to spread out in Ryerson!" one student wrote on Twitter.
"I speak as a representative on behalf of all and every Ryerson student @RyersonU we feel very uneasy and of DISCOMFORT coming to class in the middle of the dirtiest part of Toronto during a PANDEMIC, can y'all cancel classes pls and ty," another wrote.
Some students are also saying cancelling classes would help with the overcrowding problem on the TTC.
Closing schools isn't a bad idea considering that majority of rush hour comes from students commuting to class. And the TTC is so congested because of Uoft, Ryerson, and York students. It's dumb tol wait until #COVID19 infects a student before taking action#UofT#CloseTheSchools— 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘻𝘦𝘭 and bangtan (@pretzellebts) March 10, 2020
And others are wondering why the entire NBA season has been suspended, yet classes haven't been.
the NBA suspended their season and ryerson still hasnt committed to cancelling class— connor (@connor__hatzi) March 12, 2020
But despite concerns from students, the university sent a mass email out yesterday indicating that everything will proceed as normal for the foreseeable future.
The University is monitoring the situation. Toronto Public Health is currently stating that the virus is not spreading locally. You can track updates through the website: https://t.co/iZgtVpFIG5 ^BE— RyersonU ServiceHub (@RUServiceHub) March 12, 2020
"Ryerson's public health threats committee and emergency response team (ERT) are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily. The university continues to receive up-to-date information from Toronto Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care about disease outbreaks and any potential cases on campus," the email reads.
"The public health threats committee takes its lead from Toronto Public Health and other public health agencies with respect to communicable disease management, which also includes cases of COVID-19," it continues.
"At this time, the university has not received any directives about cancelling events, exams or classes and the university is continuing under normal operating procedures."
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