Students call for Urgent Repairs at SFU Campus Buildings to avoid Health Concerns

Students call for Urgent Repairs at SFU Campus Buildings to avoid Health Concern

Concerns have been raised by the members of the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University over deteriorating conditions of buildings on the Burnaby campus. The students have alleged that some of their friends and faculty have fallen ill because of the conditions.

Julia Lane, a PhD candidate and member of the student society, said that symptoms have been reported by many people that could be caused or worsened because of mould and leaky conditions.

"People are talking about headaches, breathing conditions, coughs that have not gone away for the entire winter and it's particularly concerning for staff that sit there and work nine to five", Lane said.

The group asked students to send in photographs of decay several years ago. Since then, it has received hundreds of photographs showing clear images of rusting pipes, broken stairs, leaks, cracks in walls and mould deposits.

Pat Hibbitts is the vice-president of finance and administration at SFU. He admitted the fact that conditions of many of the buildings on the 49-year-old campus are appalling.

The B. C. Ministry of Advanced Education said that it spent The B. C. Ministry of Advanced Education since 2001. However, students at SFU have called for more preventive actions to avoid health concerns in the future.

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