Why did Queen’s leave it until nearly 9am to let us know if class is on?
QUB failed to give students enough notice in wake of storm Ophelia, despite every other educational institution in the country managing to do so
As storm Ophelia hurtles towards Ireland today predicting winds of up to 80 mph, we are being warned to take every precaution: don't make unnecessary journeys, tie down your wheelie bins and trampolines, stay inside if possible. For the safety of pupils and staff, schools across the country are closing for the day and even Dunnes Stores has announced they will be closing all of their stores over the North and South.
However, one institution that decided to create a bit of dramatic tension was Queen's University, who left it until half an hour before classes begin to announce their opening plans for the day.
Update: The University will close from 12pm today. All students are advised to return to their accommodation and staff to return home. pic.twitter.com/ihZ0taDLEP
— Queen's Uni Belfast🎓 (@QUBelfast) October 16, 2017
Despite all primary and secondary schools, Ulster University, and Belfast Met announcing their closures last night, QUB didn't. They must have lost internet access or something.
Students took to twitter desperately seeking answers to a very serious question: "Should we go to uni today?"
Come on qub, make a statement
— Emma Lockhart (@emma_lockhart01) October 15, 2017
Some were concerned for their own personal safety:
If QUB don’t close tomorrow and I have to drive a fiat 500 aka tin can car up the m1 in a storm I will cry
— Ellen (@ellenco98) October 15, 2017
Others are concerned about certain double standards:
Could you imagine how QUB would react if I was this late handing in an assignment 🤔?
— Conor Mac Caisín (@cmccashinQUB) October 15, 2017
Even the modern languages department urged people to stay safe:
— QUB Modern Languages (@ModLangs_QUB) October 15, 2017
If you are around the university today make sure you stay safe and indoors as much as you can!
I'm goin on the lash tonight
— Hurricane Ophelia (@hurricanophelia) October 15, 2017