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Full committee to vote on fate of UConn Torrington campus later this month

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UConn's Board of Trustees moves to have a full committee vote on whether to close its Torrington campus. (WFSB photo) UConn's Board of Trustees moves to have a full committee vote on whether to close its Torrington campus. (WFSB photo)
The University of Connecticut's Torrington campus could close to cover a budget gap. (WFSB photo) The University of Connecticut's Torrington campus could close to cover a budget gap. (WFSB photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees heard a presentation Wednesday on the proposed closure of the Torrington campus. 

It decided that it's going to have a full committee vote about the matter on April 27.

The closing proposal came as the board sought to close a budget gap of about $31 million. Although no decision was made on Wednesday, some students are upset to hear about the proposal. 

"Your asking them [students] to add on about 45 minutes to their day and a lot of them have full time jobs, are single parents or own business," said Brian Ohler, who started a petition

Several students who signed the petition said they would be forced to attend the UConn Waterbury campus, which for some would be a longer commute. 

"Having to go to Waterbury is going to be over an hour drive, multiple days a week. On top of that I'm working full-time,"  said Shawn Takatsu, a student.

Other students, however, said they saw the need for such a closure.

"It’s a great idea because not that many people come here," said Jordan Sokol, a student. "It's kind of a waste of money to keep this place open they can go to another campus."

The petition currently had more than 600 signatures on Wednesday.

Also up for discussion on Wednesday is the future of the West Hartford campus.

The board said it is looking to sell the property for use as a possible international high school.

Last year, it approved a $115 million project to move the campus to downtown Hartford. It will open its doors to about 2,300 students in the fall of next year.

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