An outdoor classroom in this Texas heat? No thanks, UTSA students say | #students | #parents

Students at the University of Texas at San Antonio say the only sweat they want to break is over a test this summer and have no interest in either of the two “outdoor classrooms” unveiled by the university this week. 

On Monday, the UTSA facilities department unveiled two new “outdoor classrooms” at the Flawn Sciences Building. Attached was a photo of a covered hallway with a line of empty desks and white plastic chairs. There were no white boards or technology shown in the photo. 

“Great things are happening at UTSA this summer!” the university said. 

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Students and former students were quick to lambast the university, pointing out that the Texas heat would lead to greater distractions. Some even wondered on social media whether the university would offer discounted tuition for students to brave the heat and black field cricket season. 

In a written statement to the Express-News, Joe Izbrand, the university’s chief communications officer, said that “the outdoor classrooms provide a flexible option for faculty who would like to conduct a class in a natural setting. They are not a set space for any class.”

The university made no such clarification online. 

The hallway pictured in the university’s tweet is near Sombrilla Plaza, an area of campus that is frequently used for protests and other functions. Students spoke of a number of distractions. 

One person wrote: “You are taking Physics II, and it is 100 degrees outside, in the background the Christian worship group is speaking the gospel via a megaphone, and the leftist students are shouting back by barking, There’s a fist-fight at Chick-fil-A, ah yes, higher education at its finest.”

Another tweeted: “Imagine taking a test outside on a hot ass san antonio day and chi alpha is screaming at you about how you’ll only pass your test if you believe in God and also talking s–t about gays.”

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