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UBC students ask university to suspend 'in-person instruction' over COVID-19 concerns

Last Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 10:16 pm PDT

FILE -- The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UBC says a worst-case scenario involving COVID19 could see students taking their classes and exams, online

Matthew Ramsey speaks for UBC, but reminds the risk on campus is low right now but they are assessing the situation

An online petition calling for the university to 'suspend in-person instruction' has passed 2,000 signatures

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áStudents 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’.