UHV to house freshmen, sophomores in hotels temporarily

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Sept. 1, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.

Ongoing construction and water damage will again delay incoming University of Houston-Victoria freshmen and sophomores from moving into Jaguar Hall this Sunday.

Instead, students affected by the construction will check in on the first floor of the University Center from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, then they will be ushered to several area hotels, where they will stay until construction is complete.

"We are going to ensure that these students are housed, fed, safe and in their classes," UHV Interim President Don Smith said in a press release. "This is just a temporary situation until we can ensure that Jaguar Hall will be a first-class residence hall that these students can call home during the school year."

Hotel accommodations will include meals and transportation to campus.

Jaguar Hall's remodeling project commenced in May, but crews' attempts to convert the building to a dormitory and remove mold from the previous structure have been repeatedly delayed.

The original move-in date for Jaguar Hall, which can accommodate 258 students, was slated for Aug. 19, in time for the first day of classes on Aug. 23.

But when it appeared construction would not be ready in time, the university changed the move-in date to Sept. 5, and freshmen and sophomore students were given until Sept. 7 to start classes.

Classes are still planned to begin Sept. 7, but while freshman and sophomore students are unable to move into their dorm rooms, the university will offer a shuttle service to campus until construction is finalized, which is now expected to be sometime during the first week of classes.



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