Students who are stressed out during finals at the University of Utah now have a "Safe Place" to cry in the library on the Salt Lake City Campus. The "Cry Closet" was installed by graduating College of Fine Arts senior Nemo Miller in the lobby of the Marriott Library.
The small room has rules, which were posted on the door. The first rule says students need to knock before entering. Only one person is allowed in the closet at a time for a maximum of ten minutes. Students are asked to turn off the light and timer before leaving the room, which is filled stuffed animals and features a plush carpet. Students who use the room are asked to tweet about their experience using #cryclosetuofu.
Jana Cunningham, who works for the school's communications office, told Fox 31 that the room is "great place to just come and decompress" from the stress of finals. Other students agreed.
Freshman Chidi Ahanonu said that with a busy exam schedule there is "the need to relieve some stress."
Not everybody liked the idea. One student ripped into the room in a tweet calling it "beyond pathetic" and wondering "how many prospective employers have cry closets?"
This is beyond pathetic, first we tried to have Swoop be our mascot now this. Way to prepare students for the real world. Wonder how many prospective employers have cry closets?
The Cry Closet will stay up until May 2.