Previously, the multifaith/prayer room had been
open from 8am to 8pm.
However, for the last few months, the prayer room
is now only open for a certain number of hours per day. The opening times are posted on the prayer room door and correspond with booked times for various faith groups.
The room is locked outside of the times booked. To
open the prayer room, designated volunteers request the key from security and
are responsible for ensuring the room is empty and locked after this time.
We feel this is a huge inconvenience, seeing as the
room must be opened 3-4 times each day, placing a difficulty upon students and affecting their well-being a great deal.
Some points below highlight why the current system
is not feasible, and why this system is a huge burden upon students:
People have lectures at different times, with
many students unable to make the designated opening times
The room needs to be booked regularly and
managed, affecting the studies of those who open and close the room
Approximately 200 students use the prayer room on
a daily basis, many of whom find the prayer room locked at a time convenient to
Prayer forms an integral part of many individuals
of various faith groups; such limited access can affect their university
We urge the university to restore the original
opening times for students of all faiths to use as they need.
In the comments section, please indicate if you are
an SGUL student, and we kindly request you use your full name.
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