On Friday, May 10, disturbed material was discovered in Gist Hall during a check of the building’s systems following reports of heating issues. The substance is presumed to be asbestos and as a result, Gist Hall will be closed several weeks to ensure the health and safety of students and employees.

 

Updates

  • June 7, 2019

    After the initial discovery of disturbed asbestos in the air plenum of Gist Hall, material in the attic floor was tested to determine if it had been contaminated with asbestos from adjacent piping insulation.

  • May 31, 2019

    Tests confirm that the material presumed to be disturbed asbestos found in Gist Hall earlier this month does indeed contain some asbestos. Similar loose material -- recently found in various areas of the building--will be tested for asbestos, as well. Results of this latest assessment are expected next week.

    As detailed in prior communications, no asbestos fibers have been detected in the air of Gist Hall, according to test results conducted by a private lab.

  • May 15, 2019
    No asbestos fibers have been detected in the air of Gist Hall, according to test results conducted by a private lab. A company will now test the material to confirm that it is indeed disturbed asbestos. Results of this second test are expected by the end of the week.
  • May 14, 2019
    The results of testing in Gist Hall, due to the discovery of presumed disturbed asbestos, has been delayed due to staffing issues at the private lab conducting the testing. Results are now expected sometime Wednesday, May 15.
  • May 13, 2019
    Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall this week have been relocated to different spaces on campus for the rest of the week. All classes and other activities in Gist Hall have been suspended.
  • May 12, 2019
    Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall on Monday have been relocated to different spaces on campus. The new locations are available using the link below and will be posted on the Gist Hall doors.
  • May 11, 2019
    A big “Thank you!” to North Coast Repertory Theatre in Eureka, which has stepped up to host HSU’s presentation of Fantastic Mr. Fox this weekend.
  • May 10, 2019
    Out of an abundance of caution, Gist Hall has been closed until further notice.

New Office Locations

The following programs and services have been relocated to new spaces on campus. *Locations are subject to change.

  • Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) - Library 205A
  • Center for Community Based Learning - Library 205A
  • College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS) main office - BSS, Room 539
  • College of Professional Studies (CPS) main office - Feuerwerker House 
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) main office - Library 208  
  • University Senate - Siemens Hall, Room 216