Ruptured pipes, electrical outages postpone Howard University classes

WASHINGTON — Most students at Howard University will have their winter break extended due to damage to some buildings caused by cold temperatures.

Classes were set to begin Monday but the university found significant damage Saturday to many buildings across campus, a statement said.  The university informed students that it will postpone the start of classes for most students to Tuesday, Jan. 16.

  • Classes for students in the Undergraduate Schools and Colleges (arts and sciences, business, communications, education, engineering and architecture, nursing and allied health sciences) and the Graduate School will start Tuesday, Jan. 16.
  • Classes for students in Professional Schools and Colleges (divinity, law medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy) will begin Monday, Jan. 8.

The university said residence halls are open and accepting students, but students whose classes start at the later date should delay their return if it does not cause “undue hardship for themselves or their families.”

The ruptured pipes and electrical outages will take several days to fix and require significant repairs.  Howard University will be open for business Monday.


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