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USask closes last 24-hour building citing safety concerns

Students say those who can’t afford a computer, printer or Internet will suffer


 

According to The StarPhoenix, the University of Saskatchewan will limit access to its last 24-hour building out of concern for student safety.

Starting Monday, the university’s arts building will be closed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

David Hannah, vice-president of student and enrolment services, says people with no connection to the university are sometimes found sleeping in the building. A student was also reportedly assaulted in the washrooms a few years ago.

Although doors will be locked at night, students who are in the building before it closes will be allowed to stay as long as they’d like.

The decision has angered many students who say the university should handle these safety concerns differently. One graduate student says this is a huge loss for those who can’t afford their own computers, Internet access or printers. The school’s student union says this is just another case of inadequate consultation.


 

USask closes last 24-hour building citing safety concerns

  1. It’s a shame that this is happening now, instead of during the summer. There is a lack of space for homeless people in Saskatoon and it’s a shame that they, and anyone else who visits campus, will lose this space where they could come in and warm up. Also, I’m curious as to why this is an issue now and not a few years ago when the assault happened?

    If having people with no connection to the University is a concern, why not use student/staff id cards as an entry key, like how the residences at USask already do? This would address the need for access to computers/study pace and also control who accesses the buildings after hours. Better yet, why not hold off on the building restriction until the library is setup for late night access?

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