Decisions have been made to remove Annex I, Annex II, and Douglass Hall from service this semester pending major renovations because safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain a top priority. We will do the same for any other building that is professionally deemed to warrant that judgment. The damages that occurred in the Numa Adams building last week was primarily due to flooding secondary to frozen, then ruptured pipes. The extent of damage is currently being assessed; this will impact the specific date of restoration and re-opening. As a result of the loss of these buildings as teaching facilities this semester, more than 500 class sections have been relocated to other classrooms, and instructional spaces on campus.
To accommodate this significant re-location, and lessen the impact on our faculty students and staff, we are utilizing every available space on campus that will be amenable to instruction. This includes
- Cancer Center
- College Hall South- Multipurpose Room (Office of Residence Life entrance)
- Howard University Research Building (HURB1)
- Howard University Hospital (HUH)
- Howard University Plaza Towers- West (Multipurpose Room)
- Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB)
- Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
- Wonder Plaza
*Please check Bison Web for details regarding specific class locations
Faculty members are asked to be flexible, understanding that students may need to travel from locations at opposite ends of campus in order to reach their classes.
FACULTY OFFICE SPACE RELOCATION ACCOMMODATIONS
In order to accommodate the tremendous impact that the loss of office space will have on faculty who were previously housed in the affected buildings, Okianer Christian Dark, Esq., Associate Provost for Faculty Development, is leading the re-assignment of office space for faculty who have been displaced.
- Faculty Lounges, and communal office space have also been created in several locations (Locke Hall, Social Work, Mackey Building, etc.) to assist faculty. Faculty colleagues and Deans are working together to identify opportunities for faculty to share laboratory space, and also utilize core lab facilities in the Interdisciplinary Research Building.
We will also collaborate with neighboring institutions who have offered to provide academic space, as applicable. More updates will be provided as these collaborations develop. Faculty members should contact their School/College Dean for additional information regarding office space.
INACCESSIBLE CAMPUS BUILDINGS
Annex I, Annex II, and Douglass Hall remain “No Entry” zones, and for safety reasons, entry into those buildings is not permitted, for any reason, by faculty, students or staff. As remediation and renovation crews, and insurance adjusters review the damage in those buildings, they will provide information regarding when any limited public entry may be permissible. Due to the high heat (180 degrees) associated with the dissemination of steam throughout those buildings over several days, our preliminary presumption is that there will be significant loss of computers and other technology, as well as damage to walls, ceiling tiles, wiring, and other infrastructure.
CAMPUS REMEDIATION AND REPAIRS
As the primary source of building damage we are experiencing is secondary to water and steam infiltration, we are monitoring for development of mold and other concerns multiple times daily in all affected buildings. Additionally, we are taking all other necessary precautions as advised by U.R.I, the professional firm managing remediation and repairs. This activity also falls under Dr. Dubroy’s purview as Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dubroy has contacted and spoken with OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) directly, and informed them of the circumstances at the University. We will continue to work closely with OSHA to assure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Please note that all impacted buildings are being prioritized and undergo a pre-clearance process that includes structural integrity and air quality testing before they are cleared for entry.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR UPDATES
The original schedule was designed with contingencies for snow days secondary to inclement weather. The revised schedule that is being implemented utilizes those contingency days. Therefore, we will still provide the full, necessary instructional time for academic programs, without having to cancel or disrupt spring break, or change the date of commencement. However,
any potential inclement weather that results in campus closure later this semester may require further adjustments to the calendar. In order to accommodate any students who may need to make changes to their academic schedule. the registration period for all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students) has been extended to January 26, 2018Junior faculty who have been negatively impacted due to flooding, building damage, damage to laboratories, etc. will be able to submit requests for consideration of their tenure process through their Department Chairs and Deans
Please continue to read the HU Communication emails in their entirety, visit the University’s ‘Campus Response to Weather Emergency’ webpage, and follow official Howard University social media channels (Twitter: @HowardU, @HUPrez17) to stay apprised of update.