SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A freshman residence hall at Bryant University has been evacuated due to flooding from a sprinkler break.
According to an email sent to students, faculty and staff, a damaged sprinkler head and pipe on the third floor of Bristol House broke, causing significant water damage.
The email said while the water damage did not affect the entire residence hall, it is still uninhabitable for the evening, meaning approximately 300 freshmen need to find a place to stay for the night.
“Until the fire alarm system has been restored, and we have confirmed that the unflooded areas of the residence hall are safe, the hall cannot be reoccupied,” the email said.
The university is currently working to find temporary housing for displaced students.
“We will provide housing at local hotels at no expense to the students and are making necessary arrangements for this option now,” the email said. “Some students may wish to stay with friends on campus or go home if living close by the campus. We are also surveying where empty beds might exist on campus from students who have finished exams and already left campus.”
According to the university, all students will have a chance to return to their rooms to retrieve their belongings under the supervision of Residence Life leaders. No student will be allowed in the residence hall unaccompanied.
The university said despite these circumstances, not all freshman are affected, meaning they can’t cancel all final exams for Thursday. Students who are affected by the incident are asked to contact their professors to schedule a makeup exam.
“Where the impact prevented the student from preparing for the exam or presentation especially tomorrow, we ask all faculty to accommodate a rescheduled exam or presentation at a mutually agreeable time,” the email said. “We appreciate everyone working together in view of this problem which unfortunately occurred during finals.”
The university said they will work with students on a case by case basis to replace any electronics or valuable items damaged by water. It’s unclear at this time when students will be able to resume living in the building.