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Cancellation causes concern for students

While students may celebrate the cancellation of classes, suspending learning is exactly what the University does not want to do.

“The biggest concern [when classes are cancelled] is the loss of class time,” said University Spokesperson Dave Kielmeyer.

Students are here to learn, he said, so the University wants classes to be held whenever possible.

Unlike elementary, middle and high schools, universities do not have to make up class time if a certain number of days are cancelled. But Kielmeyer said The Ohio State University is offering a few Saturdays and a day before finals week as make-up time.

“We certainly haven’t reached that point yet where we’ve begun to talk about that,” Kielmeyer said.

The University has cancelled classes two days so far this semester. Kielmeyer said the University does not keep statistics on how many class cancellations or campus closings occur each year.

Sophomore Cheyenne Hawk said her feelings on makeup days would depend on when they were and how they affected the exam schedule.

Freshman Emily Wilhelm said she would not want makeup days at all.

“It’s sucky, though, because we’re paying for [school], but I don’t really care,” she said.

Some students are worried about work piling up after the day off.

“I’m more worried about professors putting on more work… in a shorter amount of time,” Hawk said.

Freshman Ross Johnson is only worried about some classes.

“For certain classes I do [worry], whereas others I know they’re more flexible,” he said.

Kielmeyer said the University is a primarily residential community in that most students live on campus or within a few blocks.

“That’s one of the reasons we seldom close,” he said.

The cancellation of classes Wednesday was two-part. Classes starting before noon were cancelled by 7 a.m., and the rest of the day’s classes were cancelled around 10:15 a.m.

Kielmeyer said the two-part cancellation was in the interest of protecting class time. It allowed for time to check on the weather and road conditions, potentially preventing later classes from being cancelled unnecessarily.

Cancellation proved necessary, however, partly due to the continuing snowfall.

“Our crews were struggling to keep up,” Kielmeyer said.

Wilhelm is a commuter student who drove to campus Wednesday to get some work done without distractions. She said she was concerned about the amount of snow in the parking lots.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to leave tonight,” she said on Wednesday. “But the sidewalks were pretty clean.”

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