Exams at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus were set to go ahead as scheduled Saturday, even after hundreds of students were stranded at the campus Friday evening.
But yet again, this time an hour beforehand, the University cancelled exams due to bad weather.
Prior to Saturday’s exam cancellation, some SFU students had been speaking out on social media saying the snowy conditions on Burnaby Mountain were still too poor, and that the school shouldn’t wait until the last minute to cancel exams.
@SFU Stillno cancellation? This is absolutely ridiculous. Still no bus here been close to an hour.It's freezing.200 people here waiting— Ricky Johal (@rickyjohal23) December 10, 2016
@SFU cars and buses are both having a rough time getting up the hill, yet exams are still on? 👀— tαliαsorαce (@TaliaSorace) December 10, 2016
@sfu just a heads up people have abandon their cars going up the hill of Sfu— Priya Sandhu (@freshsandhu) December 10, 2016
@SFU buses are getting stuck going up the mountain 🙁— leticia ♡ (@leticiapaige) December 10, 2016
@SFU um.. You think the campus should be closed ?? The busses are having a rough time going up— Henry (@HenryC_4) December 10, 2016
@SFU It seems very dangerous to drive in SFU. I've seen four different cars losing control.....Any back up plans SFU?— REY (@REYINTHEBUILDIN) December 10, 2016
On Friday, students received just half an hour’s notice that exams would be cancelled before 3 p.m., by which time transit had already been effected by the weather.
Engineering student Alicia Pavan says SFU should have learned from Friday’s mistakes.
“Yesterday was the same thing and they cancelled last minute for the people who had a 3:30 p.m. exam and it was insane because we were stuck up here and they didn’t even give two hours notice. The same thing is happening today, they said yesterday they were going to give notice on time.”
SFU stands behind closures
Spokesperson for Simon Fraser University, Kurt Heinrich, said that it was the right decision to cancel exams on Friday, despite the chaos that followed.
“The weather really quickly evolved and then deteriorated and that’s what lead to the decision and the timing around closing of the campus. So we absolutely understand and recognize the frustration from our community members, but our main, fundamental priority was to ensure the safety of our students.”
SFU Burnaby has issued a statement regarding both days’ closures that can be found in its entirety here.
“We appreciate that this is frustrating. We are working closely with Environment Canada and TransLink and making the calls as quickly as we can. Due to the unpredictable weather, transit cannot ensure consistent service through the evening and so we are taking this precaution,” the statement says.
SFU says an update on the status of Sunday’s exams will be available at 6:30 a.m. on their website.
Now, long lines for buses and shuttles await the students stuck at SFU who had exams earlier in the day.
— Matthew Furtado (@furtadomatthew) December 10, 2016
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