UNB students stormed Twitter this weekend to express their outrage at the school’s refusal to open residences a day early in anticipation of the messy forecast.
While Mount Allison University and even St. Thomas University released statements giving students the option to move in a day early to avoid the snowy skies and icy roads, UNB stayed silent, maintaining that students’ only choice was to move in on Sunday.
“Shoutout to @UNB for risking students’ lives by not opening rez before this storm hit #nbstorm,” tweeted Karen Philpott.
“Not feeling the love from UNB. Avoid storm and put myself up in a hotel or avoid storm and miss my classes #lacklusterresponse,” wrote Sarah Hirtle.
In response to the complaints, UNB released a statement online that check-in hours would be extended to 8 p.m. and encouraged students to use good judgement while driving.
But for Erica Scriven of Aurora, Ont., it was too little too late.
“My flight [to Fredericton] was cancelled Sunday, and [wasn’t] rescheduled until Tuesday at 11:35 p.m.,” said Scriven.
“I think ResLife should allow students to move back on the Saturday… in case travel plans are affected by weather. Students pay well over $8000 for the year and [they] deserve a better service.”
“With a storm in the forecast, we encouraged our residence students and their families to use their judgment about travelling to Fredericton on Sunday,” said UNB’s Kelsey Seymour.
“We extended our residence move-in hours … so that those travelling could assess the situation before venturing out on the roads, and will work to accommodate students who could not return safely on Sunday.”