Faced with energy prices, the University of Strasbourg will close this winter

Faced with energy prices the University of Strasbourg will close

To reduce its energy costs, the University of Strasbourg has announced that it will close its doors for two additional weeks this winter, compared to the initial schedule. A controversial decision.

The news is struggling to get through to Strasbourg students and teacher and staff unions. This Monday, September 19, the management of the University of Strasbourg announced in A press release closing all of its buildings for a fortnight this winter. Two weeks added to the initial schedule. But this decision was not taken by chance. It is part of an energy sobriety plan desired by the management, in order to deal with the energy crisis. “Recent developments confirm this significant upward trend for both gas and electricity. This will inevitably have consequences for our energy bill”, explains Michel Deneken, the president of the university. The objective, therefore, is to save money to reduce costs but also to be part of a global energy and socio-ecological transition. The Strasbourg University also plans to postpone the start-up date of the heaterand to maintain the thermostat in the premises at 19 degrees.

The privileged distance

Concretely, the university buildings will be inaccessible for a first week in January first, the start of the school year will take place on Monday January 9 in the morning and not on the 3rd, then a second week during the school holidays in February. “During these periods when the premises are closed, few students will be present on the campuses and few courses will be given, even remotely, and the staff – except in justified exceptional cases – will carry out their activities from their homes, in teleworkdetails the direction.

Decisions that make people react

This sudden announcement made the students but also the staff of the university react. The unions of teachers and administrative, technical and library staff deplored, in a press release, “the lack of consultation and the risks that this closure could pose to staff and students”reports France 3 Great East. Remote courses and telework are singled out, because they would be badly experienced by students and teachers, “causing great suffering” like during the health crisis. And a question may also arise: if the university is saving money from these closures, will it be the same for students and teachers who will have to stay warm at home to work? Who will pay the extra cost of heating and electricity for them?