Eli Ridder | Report

In comments made on the University of Guelph-Humber’s announcement post that campus was closing early Wednesday afternoon, students voiced their criticism of the short notice they received.

The alert went out at 10:41 a.m., just under three hours before the school was closing at 1:30 p.m. due to inclement weather, the second time in recent weeks.

“As a student at the University of Guelph Humber, I am finding it very difficult when the school decides they’re going to close down halfway through the day,” one student commented on the public post.

“I rely on accessible transit to take me back-and-forth to school, and have to leave hours before hand. Once I am in accessible transit and on the way to school, there is no turning back.”

This individual explained that if he is already on campus, then it is difficult to arrange a ride home again.

“I do not believe that I am the only student on campus that is space with this challenge,” he continued, requesting that “this be considered in the future for inclusivity and accessibility for all students.”

In a post after his comment, another student said she checked for any closure at 9:30 a.m. before leaving home for a midterm two hours later — but found out upon arrival at 10:50 a.m. that campus was closed and her midterm cancelled after driving 100 k.m. to get there.

“Close [in] the morning or stay open for the day,” she said.

Over on the Humber College Instagram page, reactions were mostly criticism, however, a few appreciated the shutdown.

“I’m paying way too much for school to be cancelled every time it snows,” one account going by Matt Savard said on the post.

Another comment from a user who said they were previously an international student at the college said “I would appreciate it if you take into consideration someone other than yourself” in response to Savard.

“If Humber closes, it’s for a reason especially considering my past with Humber and being stuck outside for hour just trying to get to my residence. They are taking everyone into consideration, not just you.”

Previously, Humber College calls campus closures over weather early in the morning before 6 a.m. so many students taking transit were disappointed in the late call.

“It took us more than [three hours] to get home,” one comment said.

Another comment read “thank you”.


Image of campus from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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