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June 5, 2019 | Summer Update

After the remediation of Minton Hall was completed in January 2019,  WKU Housing & Residence Life, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Department of Facilities Management has continued to monitor the air quality in all residence halls.

While testing has not indicated additional air quality issues since this past fall, a water leak in Bemis Hall lead to the hiring of a consultant to investigate the source and cause of the leak.  During the investigation, it was determined that mold had developed inside the plumbing chase installed during bathroom renovations.  Since this area is only accessible by small fixed panels and encapsulated, meaning there is no air flow moving in or out, there was no contamination detected by our earlier testing.  

Upon receipt of the report in late April, the consultant was asked to investigate other halls that had undergone similar renovations—Barnes Campbell Hall and Minton Hall.  The investigations confirmed that mold had also developed behind the renovated chase partitions in those halls. Work will begin shortly in Barnes Campbell Hall and Minton Hall to remove the partition walls, remove all molded materials in the plumbing chases, make all needed repairs, seal all penetrations and re-build the walls with mold resistant materials.  Work in both halls will be completed in early August. Demolition of Bemis Lawrence Hall will begin this summer to make room for the new Freshman Village.

WKU will continue to monitor air quality in all halls throughout the summer. The anticipated completion date for the projects in Barnes and Minton is before the start of the fall semester. We will provide project updates throughout the summer.

 


 

 

January 16, 2019 | Minton Hall To Remain Closed for Spring Semester

  • Minton Hall Closed
  • Our Priority
  • Housing Assignment
  • Spring 2019 Housing Rate
  • Move-In Process
  • Move-In Assistance
  • Air Quality Updates

 

Western Kentucky University will delay the opening of Minton Hall until fall 2019.

WKU Housing and Residence Life seeks to provide residents with a safe and comfortable environment in which they can thrive. Although excellent work has been done in Minton Hall to remediate common mold found in the fall semester, WKU staff identified additional items during an inspection this week that expand the scope of work, including the replacement of porous tiles and the possible replacement of windows  in order to mitigate future issues.

This additional work cannot be completed to WKU’s standard of excellence by the reopening of WKU’s residence halls on January 18. Therefore, WKU administrators have made the difficult decision to keep Minton Hall closed for the spring semester.

 

Our Priority

Our guiding principle remains the health and safety of each of our residents, and we remain committed to minimalizing the stress caused to students by the continued closure of Minton Hall. While WKU expects to complete the additional work within the coming weeks, closing Minton Hall for the spring semester provides the opportunities to complete those projects to our satisfaction and to lessen the disruption for our students and their families by eliminating an additional move. 

 

Housing Assignment

Minton Hall students will remain in their temporary fall housing assignments for the spring semester.

Limited availability to accommodate requests from Minton roommate pairs will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Nicholas.schiller@wku.eduto make your request.   

 

Spring 2019 Housing Rate

All Minton Hall residents, regardless of their temporary spring 2019 assignment, will be billed at the Minton Hall rate of $1,245.  The corrected billing will be reflected on their spring semester bill and includes the housing credit as stated in President Caboni’s November 11, 2018 message. To review this message, please visit www.wku.edu/housing/airquality/updates.php.

 

Move-In

The residence halls reopen for the spring semester on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 8 am. You will move back to your temporary assignment for the remainder of the semester. Please stop at the front desk to check-in upon arrival.

 

Move-In Assistance

Move-in assistance will be available at all halls for students Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9AM – 4PM.   If WKU staff or faculty are not immediately present to assist you, please alert your residence hall front desk that you require assistance.     

 

Air Quality Updates

To view air quality updates, timeline, frequently asked questions and other information, please visit www.wku.edu/housing/airquality.php

 

Questions?

Please contact hrl@wku.edu or 270-745-3143.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to ensure a premium living-learning experience.

 


 

January 7, 2019 | Minton Hall Update

  • Remediation Progress
  • Spring Housing Credit
  • The Move-In Process

 

Remediation Progress

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling completed the remediation process of Minton Hall at the end of December. All ceiling tiles have been replaced with a PVC-based tile that does not hold moisture. Venting tiles have also been installed in each room which allows increased passive circulation. New air filters are being installed, and cleaning crews are working through the building.

Minton Hall will reopen on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 8 am.

 

Spring Housing Credit

The $1,000 spring housing credit could be applied to your account in two ways; please review your student bill in Topnet:

  • If you are returning to live in Minton for the Spring 2019 semester, your housing charge of $1245 automatically reflects the credit because it has been reduced by $1000.

  • If you are living in another residence hall for Spring 2019, a scholarship with the detail code “R450-Minton Hall Scholarship” has been applied to your university bill, and will apply to your housing charge.

 

The Move-In Process

Housing & Residence Life is providing move-in assistance for all Minton Hall residents to move back to Minton Hall for the spring semester.   If you would like to utilize this assistance and have not done so already, please sign up for a move-in timeslot:

Log into the Housing Portal using your NetID and password at www.wku.edu/housing/portal.

  1. Click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page header.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Move In Timeslots.”
  3. Click “Continue.”
  4. Select an available timeslot.
  5. Click “Save and Continue.” A confirmation of your timeslot will be sent to you via email.

If you do not plan to use Housing and Residence Life’s services, you may move-in any time after the building opens on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 8 am.

 

Move-In with HRL Assistance:

  1. Prior to your move-in timeslot time, retrieve a move-in cart from the lobby of your currently assigned residence hall. Put all of your belongings into the move-in cart.
  2. At your move-in timeslot time, an HRL staff member or volunteer will meet you at your currently assigned residence hall room and help you move your cart/belongings down to the lobby.
  3. In the lobby, stop at the table to complete a move-in cart tag and attach it to the move-in cart.
  4. An HRL staff member or volunteer will help you move and load your cart onto a box truck.
  5. You move-in cart will be delivered to the Minton Hall lobby. Plan to retrieve your move-in cart from the lobby. HRL staff members will be available to help move your cart from the Minton Hall lobby to your room for unloading.
  6. Return your empty move-in cart to the Minton Hall lobby.
  7. Remove tape from and flatten packing boxes and place them in the recycle bin located near the trash compactor outside Minton Hall.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the move-in process or your spring 2019 housing assignment, please contact nicholas.schiller@wku.edu or call (270) 745-3143.

 


December 10, 2018 | Minton Hall: Spring Semester Move In

  • Sign Up for a Move In Timeslot
  • Moving Boxes Available
  • The Move-In Process
  • Room Changes

 

Minton Hall will reopen on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 8 am.

Housing & Residence Life is providing move-in assistance for all Minton Hall residents to move back to Minton Hall for the spring semester.   If you would like to utilize this assistance, please sign up for a move-in timeslot :

Log into the Housing Portal using your NetID and password at www.wku.edu/housing/portal .

  1. Click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page header.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Move In Timeslots.”
  3. Click “Continue.”
  4. Select an available timeslot.
  5. Click “Save and Continue.” A confirmation of your timeslot will be sent to you via email.

If you do not plan to use Housing and Residence Life’s services, you may move-in any time after the building opens on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 8 am.

 

You are not required to move all of your belongings out of your currently assigned residence hall room for the Winter Break unless you are not returning to on-campus housing for the spring semester.

 

Moving Boxes Available

Prepare for your move back to Minton Hall by organizing and packing your belongings before leaving for the Winter Break. Packing boxes and tape are available for pick-up at the Housing & Residence Life office in Southwest Hall during the days/times listed below:

Monday, December 10: Until 6pm
Tuesday, December 11: 10am-12pm, 1-6pm
Wednesday, December 12: 10am-12pm, 1-4:30pm
Thursday, December 13: 10am-12pm, 1-4:30pm
Friday, December 14: 10am-12pm, 1-4:30pm

Clearly label all boxes and bins with your name and Minton Hall room number.

 

The Move-In Process

  1. Prior to your move-in timeslot time, retrieve a move-in cart from the lobby of your currently assigned residence hall. Put all of your belongings into the move-in cart.
  2. At your move-in timeslot time, an HRL staff member or volunteer will meet you at your currently assigned residence hall room and help you move your cart/belongings down to the lobby.
  3. In the lobby, stop at the table to complete a move-in cart tag and attach it to the move-in cart.
  4. An HRL staff member or volunteer will help you move and load your cart onto a box truck.
  5. You move-in cart will be delivered to the Minton Hall lobby. Plan to retrieve your move-in cart from the lobby. HRL staff members will be available to help move your cart from the Minton Hall lobby to your room for unloading.
  6. Return your empty move-in cart to the Minton Hall lobby.
  7. Remove tape from and flatten packing boxes and place them in the recycle bin located near the trash compactor outside Minton Hall.

 

Room Changes

If you would like to request a room change to another residence hall on-campus, please submit a Room Change Request on the Housing Portal www.wku.edu/housing/portal.

Please note: Room Change Requests are granted only when students move out, and space becomes available. Notification of approved changes will begin  December 12, 2018, and continue through December 15, 2018.   Students who receive approval for a room change must complete their move before residence halls close on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 6 pm.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the move-in process or your spring 2019 housing assignment, please contact nicholas.schiller@wku.edu or call (270) 745-2143.

 


December 3, 2018 | Minton Hall: Spring Housing Credit

As we prepare for the upcoming holiday break, we wanted to provide you with details regarding the $1,000 housing credit for Spring 2019 as announced by President Caboni in his November 11, 2018 email.

 

As stated in Dr. Caboni’s email, you are eligible for the one-time credit if:

  • You resided in Minton Hall on October 8, 2018, and were required to move to a permanent or temporary residence hall in November 2018, AND 
  • You are returning to WKU and will be residing in a WKU residence hall.

 

If you will be living in Minton Hall in the spring, your spring 2019 bill will reflect the discounted Minton Hall rate of $1,245 for this semester which includes the $1,000 credit.

 

If you choose to reside in a different residence hall for spring 2019, you will receive your credit as a one-time housing scholarship* for Spring 2019.  Your December bill will reflect the regular rate of your selected residence hall and the one-time $1,000 scholarship for Spring 2019 will be applied in January.

 *Institutional funds for students that are not wages and not loans are considered scholarships. "Scholarship" is the term WKU uses for undergraduate awards. This designation ensures compliance with IRS rules and the requirement that any educational benefits paid to a student, regardless of the source, be considered in the determination of eligibility for federal financial aid and must be reported on a 1098T.  WKU has information regarding the 1098T available at:  https://www.wku.edu/bursar/1098t.php. If you have questions regarding the scholarship award, call Emmeline Essler at (270) 745-6169 to speak with a member of the scholarship staff.

 

You are NOT eligible for the one-time credit if:

 

  • You choose not to reside in any campus housing, OR

 

  • You decide to cancel your university housing assignment and live at home for the spring semester.

 

NOTE:  Students canceling their housing assignment will incur the standard $750 contract termination fee.

  

If you have questions regarding your Spring 2019 housing assignment, please email hrl@wku.edu or check the Housing Portal for additional information at www.wku.edu/housing/portal.


November 26, 2018 | Minton Hall: Remediation Work Commenced

  • Remediation Commenced
  • New Ceiling Tiles
  • Post Remediation Testing Plan

Remediation Commenced

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Bowling Green commenced work in Minton the morning of November 26, 2018. Production is anticipated to complete 1.5-2 floors per week. All remediation work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December.

 

New Ceiling Tiles

New ceiling tiles have been ordered and are being delivered. 

 

Post Remediation Testing Plan

The WKU Department of Environmental Health and Safety has confirmed a post remediation testing plan and anticipates pulling the first set of samples around December 10, 2018.  


 

November 12, 2018 | Minton Hall: Housing Credit Details, Commuting Students

  • Spring 2019 Housing Credit Details
  • Students Commuting – Action Required

Spring 2019 Housing Credit

President Caboni announced in an email on Sunday, November 11, 2018 that WKU will provide a $1,000 credit to Minton Hall residents on their spring 2019 housing bill.   In preparing bills for Spring 2019, HRL will bill you for the Minton Hall rate  on the assumption that students will return to their Minton Hall assignment.  Note:  Students still have the option to remain in their new assignments for the spring semester, and still receive the credit on the rate for the new assignment.

If you have any questions regarding your bill once you receive it, please call our office.

 

Commuting or Not Moving In?

If you will be commuting for the remainder of the fall semester or have not checked in to your new, temporary housing assignment, please reply to this email or call our office at 270-745-3143 to inform us if you will not be utilizing your temporary room assignment or if you will be checking in at a later date.  You will always have an assignment, but WKU would also like to know where each student is living, in case safety concerns arise.


November 11, 2018 | Minton Hall: Letter from the President

 

Dear Minton Students and Parents,

As we finish the temporary move of Minton Hall residents, I want to apologize for the inconvenience and disruption we have caused you as the semester moves toward its end. I also thank you for your patience and cooperation as we have navigated a challenging situation. Given our Minton Hall community did not receive the experience we expect to give to our students, we will be providing a $1,000 credit to the Spring 2019 housing fee for all current residents of this hall.

The decision to relocate an entire WKU residential facility was not taken lightly. Our guiding principle was ensuring the health and safety of each of our residents. As our Housing and Residence Life staff responded to reports of mold, it became clear we would be unable to address those issues in Minton, as we have in other facilities across our campus, without vacating the building.

On a positive note, the WKU family has shined in this moment, with hundreds of faculty, staff and student volunteers lending assistance to students as they relocate to their new rooms. Even in times of difficulty, our community rallies and comes to the aid of others. I am proud of the spirit and support our Hilltopper community has brought to this effort. Between now and when Minton reopens in January, our staff will work to help ease the transition of students to their new halls. We will be sending additional email communication shortly with details of the credit being provided. You are incredibly important to our WKU family. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Best,

Timothy C. Caboni

TCC


November 10, 2018 | Minton Hall: Moving and Volunteer Assistance 

Moving and Volunteer Assistance

 

 Volunteers, vehicles, dollies, and carts will be available to assist you in relocating to your new assignment. 

The box trucks will make their last run with the 4:30 pm timeslot today due to safety concerns of volunteers, drivers and students' belongings due to darkness.

  • If you would like assistance moving out your belongings, please sign up for a move-out timeslot on the Housing Portal at wku.edu/housing/portal. Choose “View My Assignment,” click “Fall 2018 Semester,” click “Continue to Choose a Minton Timeslot”

  • If you do not require assistance, you are not required to sign up for a timeslot. You must still check out at the front desk.

  • Boxes are available in the lobby; please come by to pick those up.

 

How to Check-In to Your New Assignment

  1. Go to the front desk of your new hall and staff will assist you and provide you with a new key.

  2. Begin moving in your belongings. Use our volunteers to help you!


How to Check-Out of Minton Hall

  1. Sign up for a check-out time on the WKU Housing Portal at wku.edu/housing/portal

  2. Remove all belongings.

  3. Turn in your key at the Minton Hall front desk and sign check out paperwork.

  4. Check-out must be completed by Sunday, November 11th at 5 pm.

 

Laundry

We are working with our laundry vendor to get machines switched over to free laundry in all residence halls. Their staff will have free laundry turned on in all residence halls on Monday. The machines in Minton Hall are already equipped for free laundry. 

 

Refreshments

Doughnuts, coffee, tea, and water are available this morning in the Minton lobby, and cookies and lemonade will be provided in the afternoon. 

 

Transitions

We recognize that there are many transitions taking place for everyone on campus. Our hall staff are creating programs to help introduce you to your new hall community. Your Minton RAs will also be planning programs that will keep you connected to your Minton Hall community during this time.  If you have any questions or concerns about your transition into your new hall, do not hesitate to reach out to:

 

Maintenance Requests

If you notice any maintenance needs in your new residence hall room, please submit a maintenance request promptly so we can address the issue as soon as possible. You can submit a maintenance request online at www.wku.edu/housing/maintenance or text WKUDFM to 82257 during business hours. For emergency maintenance after business hours, call the University Police Department at 270-745-2548.


 

November 9, 2018 | Minton Hall: Assignments, Move Out Timeslots/Volunteers, Boxes & Tape, Laundry, Transitions, Maintenance Requests

 

Assignments

All assignments have been made. It was necessary to make changes to some assignments this morning and we attempted to communicate with all parties involved. We have frozen all room changes at this time.

To view your room assignment, please visit the WKU Housing Portal at www.wku.edu/housing/portal. Once in the portal, please choose “View My Assignment.”

Your new assignment has been inspected and is ready for your arrival.

 

Move Out Timeslots and Volunteer Assistance

Volunteers, vehicles, dollies, and carts will be available to assist you in relocating to your new assignment.

  • If you would like assistance moving out your belongings, please sign up for a move-out timeslot on the Housing Portal at wku.edu/housing/portal. Choose “View My Assignment,” click “Fall 2018 Semester,” click “Continue to Choose a Minton Timeslot”

  • If you do not require assistance, you are not required to sign up for a timeslot. You must still check out at the front desk.

 

Boxes & Tape

Boxes and tape are available at your front desk.

 

Laundry

We are working with our laundry vendor to get machines switched over to free laundry in all residence halls. Their staff will have free laundry turned on in all residence halls on Monday. The machines in Minton Hall are already equipped for free laundry. 

 

Transitions

We recognize that there are many transitions taking place for everyone on campus. Our hall staff are creating programs to help introduce you to your new hall community. Your Minton RAs will also be planning programs that will keep you connected to your Minton Hall community during this time.  If you have any questions or concerns about your transition into your new hall, do not hesitate to reach out to:

 

Maintenance Requests

If you notice any maintenance needs in your new residence hall room, please submit a maintenance request promptly so we can address the issue as soon as possible. You can submit a maintenance request online at www.wku.edu/housing/maintenance or text WKUDFM to 82257 during business hours. For emergency maintenance after business hours, call the University Police Department at 270-745-2548.


November 8, 2018 | Minton Hall: Assignments, Assistance, Check In/Out, Mail/Packages, & Parking

Assignments

To view your room assignment, please visit the WKU Housing Portal at www.wku.edu/housing/portal. Once in the portal, please choose “View My Assignment.”

Your new assignment has been inspected and is ready for your arrival. Assignments were made as logically as possible, keeping current floor residents as close together as space allowed. Students with ADA accommodations were reassigned to rooms meeting their needs.

Moving Assistance

  • Volunteers, vehicles, dollies, and carts will be available to assist you in relocating to your new assignment.
    • If you would like assistance moving out your belongings, please sign up for a move-out timeslot on the Housing Portal at www.wku.edu/housing/portal.
    • If you do not require assistance, you are not required to sign up for a timeslot. You must still check out at the front desk.
  • Boxes and tape will be provided beginning Friday, November 9th. An email will be sent out when those items are available at your front desk.

How to Check-In to Your New Assignment

  1. Any time after 9 AM on Friday, November 9th, go to the front desk of your new hall and staff will assist you and provide you with a new key.
  2. Begin moving in your belongings.

How to Check-Out of Minton Hall

  1. Sign up for a check-out time on the WKU Housing Portal at www.wku.edu/housing/portal
  2. Remove all belongings.
  3. Turn in your key at the Minton Hall front desk and sign check out paperwork.
  4. Check-out must be completed by Sunday, November 11th at 5 pm.

Mail & Packages

Continue to use your Minton Hall address for mail and packages. Your mail and packages will be delivered to your temporary assignment through the end of the semester.

 Parking

Parking has been adjusted for the weekend. Please observe designated parking for loading and unloading.

If you need alternative parking accommodations for the next five weeks, contact PTS to discuss options near your temporary residence.

Please direct any parking related questions to Parking and Transportation Services at 270-745-2361 or transportation@wku.edu.


 

November 7, 2018 | Minton Resident Communication

Minton Hall residents were notified at a floor meeting with their RA and HRL professional staff members at 8 pm on November, 7, 2018 that Minton Hall would be temporarily closing. At that time, an email was sent to Minton residents with the following:

 

Minton Hall Air Quality Update | November 7, 2018

Mold growth has continued to be discovered and reported in Minton Hall. While the test results from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety have shown that the mold spores are common environmental mold, out of an abundance of caution, WKU Housing & Residence Life has determined that it is in the best interest of Minton residents to perform thorough maintenance and cleaning in every living space and all mechanical spaces. Due to the in-depth nature of this work, it is necessary to close the building through winter break while maintenance is performed. All residents will receive a new housing assignment during this time and will have the option to move back into Minton Hall beginning Friday, January 18, 2019.

 

View Your Assignment

To view your room assignment, please visit the WKU Housing Portal at www.wku.edu/housing/portal. Once in the portal, please choose “View My Assignment.” Your assignment will be available Thursday, November 8th by the end of the day.

Your new assignment has been inspected and is ready for your arrival. You may begin moving your belongings when you are ready. Assignments were made as logically as possible, keeping current floor residents as close together as space allowed. Students with ADA accommodations were reassigned to rooms meeting their needs.

 

How to Check-In to Your New Assignment

1. Go to the front desk of your new hall and staff will assist you and provide you with a new key.

2. Begin moving in your belongings.

 

How to Check-Out of Minton Hall

1. Sign up for a check-out time on the WKU Housing Portal at wku.edu/housing/portal This is to ensure that volunteers will be available to assist you with your move.

2. Remove all belongings.

3. Turn in your key at the Minton Hall front desk and sign check out paperwork.

4. Check-out must be completed by Sunday, November 11th at 5 pm.

 

Moving Accommodations and Support

- Your instructors have been notified of this disruption in your schedule and have been asked to consider academic accommodations during this period.

- WKU HRL is providing volunteers, trucks, dollies, boxes, and tape for your use.

- Dumpsters will be available for any unwanted items and trash.

- Free laundry will be provided in your new residence hall for the remainder of the semester. You will be required to wash all clothing and bedding immediately before or after moving halls to ensure that spores are not relocated to your new living space.

 

Questions and Future Updates

If you or your parent/guardian have questions, please reply to this email or call WKU Housing & Residence Life at (270)745-3143. We will continue to update you through email as additional information becomes available.

Our actions have been guided by the values of health, safety, academic progress, and transparency.  We will continue to support you as you pursue your academic goals. We hope that this action will end the disruption, and knowing the strength of the Hilltopper Spirit you will rise to the challenge and we will do everything in our power to assist and support you.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we take this necessary action to provide a premiere living learning environment.

- WKU Housing & Residence Life

 


November 7, 2018 | Press Release                                                                                    

For information, contact Bob Skipper at (270) 745-4295.

WKU TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE MINTON HALL, RELOCATE RESIDENTS

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University will close Minton Hall for the remainder of the fall academic semester and relocate its 348 residents in a proactive effort to mitigate mold found in mechanical spaces within the facility.

 “Our first and foremost concern is the health and well-being of our students,” said Brian Kuster, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Experience. “Results of our air quality monitoring indicate that the type of mold present in Minton Hall is common mold and poses few health risks, but it can trigger problems in those who are allergic or who have respiratory issues.”

The unique mechanical structures within Minton Hall “will require us to remove the ceilings in order to appropriately remediate the building, and that means that it will have to be unoccupied,” Kuster said.  

The work will be completed by a private contractor.

“We know this will be inconvenient for our students, but it is the most prudent and proactive course of action.  We will provide all the support necessary to get students relocated and settled quickly,” Kuster said.

Housing and Residence Life staff are notifying residents of their new assignments for the remainder of the semester and will provide moving assistance. HRL will provide move-in dollies and boxes. Staff will be available Friday and Saturday to assist with moving students’ belongings to their new assignments.

Minton Hall will close on Nov. 12 and will reopen January 17.  HRL will provide the same assistance to students moving back.

Students and parents with questions can call HRL at 270-745-3143 or email Sharon.hunter@wku.edu.

More WKU news is available at www.wku.edu

 


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