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Welsh Hall Incident

Release date: September 10, 2013

Last night, on the third floor of Welsh Hall, a student hung clothing from a sprinkler head, accidentally triggering the release of a significant amount of water. Outside contractors specializing in water damage and restoration were immediately brought in to assess the damage. After a comprehensive inspection, it has been determined that restoration efforts will require repairs to some walls and ceilings in rooms and hallways. These efforts will be predominantly limited to the western wing of the building, which is composed of suite-style rooms.

All residents in the affected wing of the building are being directed to physically relocate from the building, for an estimated period of nine days, while the repair and restoration efforts occur. Alternative accommodations are being provided for those students at the Sheraton Hotel, adjacent to campus, beginning tonight. The Office of Community Living will be coordinating shuttle vans this evening, to assist students in relocating.

The College is also working with students whose personal belongings may have sustained direct water damage, in making arrangements for inventorying, documenting, storing, and/or cleaning those items. All affected residents are receiving email messages with detailed instructions in this regard.

Access to the affected wing of Welsh Hall will continue on a limited basis, under Public Safety supervision, until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. After 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, the affected wing will be closed for repairs and restoration, until such efforts are complete. The unaffected apartment wing of Welsh Hall has now been reopened to residents; however, for security reasons access to that wing will be restricted to residents only until the overall repairs and restoration are complete.

We thank the campus community, and especially the residents of Welsh Hall, for your continued patience, cooperation, and understanding during this challenging time. We also appreciate the efforts of Community Living, Facilities Management Services, and Public Safety, for their tireless attention to this matter over the past several hours.

Bryan F. Coker, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of Students
Candace Doane, Director of Community Living