Howard University Working to Get Buildings Back to Normal In the Wake of Ruptured Pipes

Sunday, January 7th – Washington, D. C. – Hundreds of Howard University students are getting an extended winter break courtesy of “Old Man Winter.”  Busted heat pipes from freezing temperatures have forced University officials to delay starting classes for at least a week for most undergraduate students.

Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard University says the problems are a result of significant damage to many buildings across campus caused by the record cold temperatures experienced in the region. Howard University learned Saturday evening that the damage from ruptured pipes and electrical outages will take several days to fix and require significant repair at a cost of millions of dollars.  “The residence halls are open and accepting students.  However, students with classes starting on January 16th who can delay their return to campus to coincide with the new start date should do so if it doesn’t cause any undue hardship for themselves or their family,” said Dubroy.

The start of classes in the Undergraduate Schools and Colleges, (Arts & Sciences, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering & Architecture, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences), Social Work, and the Graduate School will be postponed until next Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Classes for the Spring Semester were originally scheduled to start Monday, January 8th.

The start of classes in Professional Schools and Colleges (Divinity, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy) will begin as scheduled on Monday, January 8, 2018.  The University will be open for business as scheduled Monday, January 8th.  Please follow Howard via Twitter @howardu and stay tuned to whur.com and WHUR 96.3FM for timely updates.

Renee Nash


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