Over the past few weeks, Stony Brook University made efforts to remove snow from walkways and roadways across campus. Despite those efforts, though, some students feel the residential buildings have inaccessible or slippery entrances.
Primarily responsible for university dormitories and dining halls, Campus Residences’ priority when it snows is to clear only main pathways and entrances for emergency access, Director of Residential Operations John Sparano said.
He was unable to be reached for comment specifically on student concerns about dorm entrances.
A Campus Residences staff member, who is not named for concerns of risking their position, noted that should a survey regarding snow removal efforts be released to students, it would reveal negative opinions. “I had so many complaints concerning the conditions on campus, I bet the snow removal department will get, if any, ½ a star,” the employee said in an email.
Many residential students were concerned about having limited or no access to the side entrances of their buildings. Freshman biochemistry major Gaïane Offredo and freshman biology major Matteo Graniero, both living in H Quad, found that while main entrances to their buildings were cleared, it was an inconvenience that the entrances they normally used were not.
Other students took to the internet to voice their dissatisfaction with the snow removal efforts.
One Reddit user cited Roosevelt Quad fire escapes located in the shade were coated in ice after the Feb. 10 snow day. The user also highlighted the danger of secondary entrances to buildings in the quad.
“I just hope the greater University understands that these fire escapes are completely unsafe and people are going to get hurt if there is an emergency,” the commentator wrote in the comments.
Another student took to Instagram. Onewheelofsteel posted a video—which he also shared on Reddit—of what he referred to as a James College fire exit that opened to a sizable slope of ice and snow. In the video, the student can be heard saying, “Stony Brook, why do I have to climb that to get out of my dorm?”
Not all students found issues with snow removal around their dorms.
Freshman Vincent Viggiani, who lives in Greeley College in Roosevelt Quad, said that the contracted workers with the task of clearing the snow from campus “have a lot [of ground] to cover.” For that reason, he believes students should “cut them slack.”
Freshman chemical engineering major Mobina Talukder, who lives in Stimson College in Roosevelt Quad, said that she had no problems with how the snow was cleared from her area of campus because she has access to her building.