VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Students at UBC could be taking their exams or classes online, in the event of a worst-case scenario related to COVID 19.
It comes as an online petition created by a student there passes 2,000 signatures.
It’s asking the university to ‘suspend in-person instruction’ in the wake of the outbreak.
Matthew Ramsey speaks for the University, he says they’ve been meeting regularly since January to look at potential responses to the virus.
“Those two systems are being set up should we need to and we will communicate with our students, staff and faculty audiences extensively if and when we are making the decision to move to those systems,” he says.
But he reminds the risk on the campus right now is low, noting that there have been no cases recorded at UBC.
“We have no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, and staff here in B.C,” he says.
The petition created by a UBC student, says, ‘A significant portion of the student body are wearing masks to lecture, demonstrating that I am not alone in my fear’.