Private student accommodation opposite University College Dublin (UCD) has been shut down after fire safety problems were detected in the building.
Five of Irelands top universities have climbed higher in the latest set of global rankings, with Trinity College Dublin being the highest-ranking university in Ireland.
The petition argued that studying at home would be safer than coming into college. It was created after the first case of the disease was confirmed in Trinity College. With over 500 signatures, the petition urged the college to allow students to complete their studies online rather than come onto campus and risk the spread of the disease.