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Air conditioning restored

Update: Emergency repairs completed at Rodney residence halls


Editor's note: 12:30 p.m., Aug. 24, 2014: The chilled water repair is now complete on the west campus and air conditiong has been restored to the Rodney Residence Hall Complex. Residents are advised to close the windows in their rooms. Most pedestrian access has been restored. The basement restrooms in the dining hall remain temporarily out of service.

11:12 a.m., Aug. 21, 2014--A leak in a chilled underground chilled water line on the University of Delaware West Campus is expected to cause difficulty with traffic and access to some areas of the Rodney Residence Hall Complex during move-in weekend.

After the leak was discovered Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, UD Facilities staff began working on the emergency repair, but that process is expected to take a week to 10 days.

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During the repair period, air conditioning in the complex's residence halls will be out of service, as will bathrooms in the basement of Rodney Dining Hall. Supplemental air conditioning in the Rodney Dining Hall is functioning. 

All students moving into the affected area have been notified of the issue, and Residence Life and Housing is working with students assigned to Rodney who require air conditioning due to medical circumstances. Anyone who has questions about their assignment in Rodney should call 302-831-4663 or email

Since air conditioning in the residence halls will be out of service, students are being strongly encouraged to bring portable fans. Window air conditioner units are not permitted.

"We apologize for this inconvenience," said Kathleen Kerr, executive director of Residence Life and Housing. "Please know that we are working as quickly as possible to remedy this situation, and we are committed to helping our students get acclimated to the campus and their new home."

During the repair period, please observe signs that provide information on accessible roads and pathways. Some roadways must remain clear for contractor access and material deliveries. 

The sloped walkway along the north side of the Rodney Dining Hall will remain blocked for the duration of the project. Those wishing to walk from the railroad underpass on Elkton Road to the courtyard of the complex are asked to use the steps inside Rodney Dining Hall. 

The Rodney Complex, located off Hillside Road in Newark, houses 868 freshmen and includes six residential buildings, three commons buildings and a dining hall.  

Move-in for the fall semester officially begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23; some students taking advantage of an early move-in option are moving into residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 21. 

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