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.
A case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Trinity by provost Dr Patrick Prendergast.
Trinity College established an “accommodation steering group” over a year ago to help combat the student accommodation crisis in Dublin. This group is currently chaired by the Provost, with the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Bursar, the Students’ Union Welfare Officer and Kevin O’Kelly.