UCLA canceled Wednesday afternoon classes because the Skirball fire near campus made it difficult for some students and faculty to commute.
An early Bruin Alert said students should consult their instructors as to whether to attend classes. At about 11 a.m., the university issued an updated alert canceling classes beginning at or after noon.
Some students have taken to social media to voice their concerns about how the school handled the situation in light of tenth week finals, labs and assignments.
Here’s how students, faculty and community members reacted on Twitter:
Everyone at UCLA right now still studying for finals despite the fire pic.twitter.com/V2t3dl4Gad
— further (@senoravirgo) December 6, 2017
UCLA: uhhhh students take your finals
UCLA: uhhh summer school is still in session
UCLA: uhhh go to class maybe or yeah go to class uhh take your finals yeah that sounds right
— Echo (@echo_theD) December 6, 2017
Shame on @UCLA for not closing campus today. Some buildings are losing power. The air is thick with smoke and ash is coating surfaces. I am not proud to be part of an institution that damages the health of its students. #SkirballFire
— Justin C Smith (@JustCliffSmith) December 6, 2017
#SkirballFire started at 5am this morning a few miles from UCLA. Until *11AM*, UCLA sent continuous emergency texts saying we still needed to hold classes. This was the evacuation map while they did so. pic.twitter.com/EuQF3PUQ1j
— UAW 2865 – UCLA (@UAWUCLA) December 6, 2017
UCLA should NOT be holding classes/work as a wildfire burns literally feet away. The air is unsafe and the fire is not contained. The well-being of students should be the University’s top priority now and always. #SkirballFire
— Julio Mendez Vargas (@julioo_mendez) December 6, 2017
I’m a @ucla instructor. Admin, this is not enough. Don’t put students at the whim of their professors, who decide their grades. Formally cancel all classes so that no student feels pressure to get to campus/go outside in the smoke! #SkirballFire https://t.co/3FryCkgdNV
— Amanda Freise (@AmandaFreise) December 6, 2017
— Nahomi. (@LinDuuhh) December 6, 2017
— ANGRY Goose (@secretnumber258) December 6, 2017
— hessica (@asosacissej) December 6, 2017
@UCLA What’s the contingency plan if this fire isn’t contained before tomorrow? Students and instructors need to be able to plan ahead. I’m currently waiting on campus to see if I should find a room for the night so I don’t miss my final tomorrow.
— Timothy Perkins (@TimothyLPerkins) December 6, 2017