The Laval University residences are now filled at 40 %, two weeks after the management had asked the students who could, to leave the premises.
Seungha Baek is a south Korean student arrived at Quebec two months ago to complete an internship as part of his degree in agriculture. He was afraid of having to leave homes before his departure to the end of April.
“I have not found other place to go. I feel safe here “, lance-t-il.
On 21 march, the executive board of the University of Laval has asked the students living in the residences to leave as quickly as possible to the campus, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
However, about 900 of the 2300 rooms located on the campus are still occupied, said the president, Sophie D’amours, in a video message broadcast at the end of the day, Friday.
This last has, however, attempted to show that reassuring to those who have not been able to find another place to stay in this period of crisis.
“It is in a great respect of your constraints, that we accompany you all to follow the instructions of the public health. We are a university humanist and we will put you not at the door “, she said.
In recent days, students have expressed concerns about the social networks, asking whether the university administration was going to force them to leave.
The Association of the students of Laval enrolled in graduate studies (AÉLIES), who is very involved with students living in residence, are said to understand the concerns considering the current crisis.
But no pressure has been made by the management to force the students to leave, precise-t-on.
It has also been confirmed by Irina Gonzalez, who arrived on campus last fall to do his phd in literature. “The University takes good care of its students, but I am stressed out. I keep looking for still other options, ” she said.
It has not been possible to find out on Friday if the University Laval could continue to house students in residences if one of them was stated positive to the COVID-19.
Almost all courses online
The president, Sophie D’amours has also indicated that 95 % of the courses offered this winter will end online.
The first payments from the emergency fund for students with financial difficulties have also been distributed in the last few days.