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VCU students question why classes weren’t cancelled or delayed

Posted at 11:57 PM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-15 06:52:08-05

RICHMOND, Va.  - Wednesday morning's commute wasn't an easy one for many Virginia Commonwealth University students.

"I slipped a few times, but I was able to hold onto the wall or something like that, and it took a long time to get to class," said student Jessica Morgan.

Because of the icy conditions, several colleges in the area either delayed or cancelled classes altogether. However, that was not the case with VCU.

"I definitely think they should have cancelled at least for like two hours just until it melted over a bit," said Morgan.

Students reached out to CBS 6 and asked why classes were not delayed or cancelled. They said they were concerned about the safety of the students and staff having to drive on the slick roads, or walk on icy sidewalks that had not been properly cleared.

"There are a lot of commuters here, and it was really difficult for me to get to class, people that had to drive further distances, walk or ride their bikes it could be potentially dangerous," said student Samantha Steel, who lives about a mile away.

CBS 6 reached out to VCU about these concerns.

Spokesman Michael Porter would not go on camera, but said even when the University is open during inclement weather conditions, the school does recognize that personal safety may continue to be a concern.

Porter also said that the school encourages faculty to be mindful of the need to provide students who miss classes with the opportunity to complete assignments and to make up work missed.

"A lot of the public schools were closed and at least had some delay, I feel like VCU should have probably done the same," said another student, Victoria Sterling.