Thousands sign Ohio State student's petition to cancel classes during Wednesday's extreme cold


UPDATE: The Ohio State University has announced classes and activities scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 have been canceled.


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Students at The Ohio State University are signing a petition to get school officials to cancel classes Wednesday during the extremely cold weather.

A student at OSU started the online petition on to cancel classes due to the most extreme winter temperatures and wind chills being on Wednesday.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, more than 20,000 people have signed the petition. That number continues to grow with a goal of 25,000 signatures.

Wind chills in the Columbus area Wednesday will be the coldest in nearly three years dipping to 25 to 35 below zero at times with daytime highs around zero.

"It would be as simple as 'just do not go to class,' but we can not do that, as in my case, I have a quiz on Wednesday at 9am, which if I do not attend, I will be forced to receive a 0/20 marked as my grade," Ohio State student Nicholas Riggi wrote in the petition.

"We should not be forced to go outside in these arctic temperatures just because the university does not think it is 'necessary' to close."

Though there could be record-breaking temperatures, an article from Ohio State News says closures are not as simple as a number. The article cites that the OSU Columbus campus has only closed 13 times since 1978. This is due to decisions made using guidelines created by consultation with medical experts.

The university speaks with the Office of Student Life's Student Health Services, the Department of Public Safety and other university offices to help determine if a closure or delay is necessary, according to Ohio State News.

Ohio State also provides students and faculty with the current conditions of the campus.

Students at four different universities in Indiana have also created a petition for the cold weather on Wednesday. Ball State is the only one of the four that has said it will close.