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University Statements

Important Message Regarding Poe Hall

Dear faculty, staff and students:

The university conducted preliminary environmental testing in Poe Hall, and initial results  indicate the presence of environmental contaminants (PCBs) in the building, necessitating further study. Out of an abundance of caution, the university will move forward with more comprehensive testing of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. 

Access to the building will be limited after 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and all operations will move to alternative locations in the days ahead. The building will remain accessible to those with employee card access until Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. Please call 919-513-3358 or email if you need to access the building after Nov. 22.

Classes and scheduled events will be moved to virtual formats or alternative locations for the remainder of the fall semester, and accommodations will be made for faculty and staff who have offices in the building. 

Please be on the lookout today for an email from your college leadership regarding specific next steps, including continued access to the building during the study, and alternative work arrangements and class locations.

We understand that change can cause uncertainty; however, the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students are the top priority. Please use our campus resources if you need additional support throughout this process. We will keep you updated on the appropriate next steps as needed.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Warwick Arden
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Charles Maimone
Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration