Update: White Science Center, Marston Hall fully reopened following Tuesday gas leak

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Aerial view of White Science Center. Photo by photos.jewell.edu.

White Science Center and Marston Hall are fully open to students, staff and faculty again after the successful resolution of a gas leak.

The gas leak was detected on the first floor of White Science Center Tuesday afternoon, prompting an immediate evacuation of the two buildings and the cancellation of affected Wednesday classes.

The leak was identified and isolated by Wednesday night, but not fully resolved; the gas to White Science Center was turned off to allow Thursday courses to resume.

Students can opt-in to receive live emergency alert notifications – such as ones regarding gas leaks – from Campus Safety by adding a phone number or email address onto their Self-Service User Profile page.

Previous story, published Sept. 22:

Update: White Science Center, Marston Hall reopened for Thursday classes after gas leak

Following the detection of a gas leak on Sept. 21, White Science Center and Marston Hall was closed for students, staff and faculty all day Wed. Sept. 22, prompting many class cancellations. According to Vice President for Finance and Operations Joseph Garcia, the two buildings will be reopened for use Thurs. Sept. 23 during normal business hours.

Garcia further explains that although the leak has not been fixed yet, gas flow to White Science Center will be turned off and classes will be allowed to resume as normal. Lab courses will be temporarily adjusted until the issue is fully resolved.

Previous story, published Sept. 21:

White Science Center closed due to gas leak, in-building classes cancelled

At around 6 p.m. on Sept. 21, students, staff and faculty were evacuated from the first floor of White Science Center due to a detected gas leak. According to Campus Safety, the gas leak was identified and isolated as of 7 p.m., but the building – along with Marston Hall – will remain closed Wed. Sept. 22 and in-building classes will be cancelled.

Shelly King, Dean of Students, elaborated on the cancellations in an email following the event: “The leak has been isolated and will be fixed tomorrow, but it means, out of an abundance of caution, we will not use White Science Center or Marston Hall until the repair is completed and approved by the gas company. Access to the building will be disabled until the repairs are made and the all-clear given.”

Affected students are advised to check their email for further guidance from their professors regarding class cancellations or alternative plans. Cancellations can also be found on Jewell’s website.

Students can opt-in to receive live emergency alert notifications from Campus Safety by adding a phone number or email address onto their Self-Service User Profile page.

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