The school renovated some classrooms to include large windows. Perhaps they need to buy some curtains as well.

The Day reports:

In Connecticut College’s glass classrooms, students and faculty feel ‘exposed,’ unsafe

Fanning Hall, an academic building at Connecticut College, recently has been renovated to include large sunny windows, workspaces and classrooms; however, some faculty and students alike feel that all the glass exposes the occupants to potential harm.

Overseen by Vice President of Finance and Administration Rich Madonna, Fanning was under construction from this past April to September. The college partnered with the architectural company Becker + Becker to design the renovations and Babbidge Construction Company to implement the changes. The total estimated renovation cost, according to permits filed with the city’s Building Division, was $1.28 million. Madonna was unavailable for comment.

“The purpose behind the renovation was to increase accessibility and facilitate student engagement,” said Maryum Qasim, president of the college’s Student Government Association. “The college installed an elevator, relocated the career center (the college’s employment preparation office), and created more windowed classrooms for sustainability and aesthetic purposes.”

But since faculty fear that the glass is not bullet-proof — college and other officials did not respond to inquiries into whether it is — some professors and students feel unsafe in these areas, some going so far as to call them “fishbowls.”

“I do remember feeling weirdly exposed as people would walk by. It made me feel uneasy,” Professor 1 said.

Professor 2 added, “I asked for blinds on my windows. I still haven’t gotten them.”


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