(18 April 2016) Nanjing University, in the capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, trialed a new system last week so that users of the library must reserve seats via the smartphone messaging app WeChat, sparking much public discussion among staff and students.
Regulations say that during the trial students who want to reserve a seat need to book it online first, and book breaks, too. If they are away for more than 15 minutes, they will receive a penalty – even if they simply go to the restroom, get a drink or search for information elsewhere in the facility.
Students who violate the rules more than three times will be blocked from using the system for 15 days.
The university also conducted an online questionnaire and received feedback from over 1,100 students, among whom 612 students were in support of the trial, while 496 were against.
Zhang Peng, a sophomore, said his first reaction was, “Are you kidding me?”
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