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Friday, February 1 2013, 07:42 AM EST
UPDATE: UD Says They Will Reinforce Flooring Of Student Homes
DAYTON -- The University of Dayton tells ABC 22/FOX 45 that more than 300 university homes will receive reinforced flooring.

Earlier this month, 11 students from two university-owned houses, were forced to move because the floors were cracking and sinking.

UD claimed those students were hosting large-scale parties, which put unusual pressure on those floors.



Earlier coverage:

DAYTON -- Some University of Dayton students called emergency crews after the floor to their home starts to collapse

It happened at a home on Kiefaber Street around 6 Tuesday night.

The students say their living room floor first started caving in about a month ago and it's just gotten worse ever since.

"If you lay on the floor, you can see the basement," Margaret Barrett said.  "It's like a whole in the floor."

The university sent an email to students Tuesday, warning of other homes with collapsing floors.

That's when the residents of this home realized they should call 911.


"Letter to upperclass students, occupancy limits," by William M. Fischer, Vice President for Student Development:

Jan. 22, 2013

Dear Upperclass Students:

The University is mindful of recent events in the student neighborhood when large numbers of people have been inside a house, and floor damage has resulted. We commend the students involved in these incidents for their quick and responsible action. We are thankful that no one has been hurt.

In light of these events, upperclass students who reside in University-owned houses and apartments will receive notices of occupancy limits for their particular residence later this week. Effective immediately, your housing contract will be amended to include these occupancy limits. These limits have been developed based on the recommendations of a structural engineer, and the limits will vary by structure.

What this means is that, if you are a tenant of one of the houses or apartments in the student neighborhood, you are to manage the number of people inside your residence to ensure that the number does not exceed the occupancy limit. We expect you to be responsible tenants.

What this also means is that, as a responsible member of the UD community, if you see a house or apartment that appears to be overcrowded, you should not enter. If you notice any extra stress on a house or apartment floor, or an obvious occupancy limit violation, we ask that you report that immediately to public safety at 229-2121. 

Students will be held accountable for failing to comply with their assigned occupancy limits and may be held financially responsible for any damage to their University-owned housing that may result just as any tenant in a typical landlord-tenant relationship would be.

The University is taking this step of issuing occupancy limits as a means of preserving the unique integrity and character of the student neighborhoods while protecting the safety of students. These houses were built as residences and using them for other purposes, such as hosting very large gatherings, could compromise their safety. We will continue to investigate ways to preserve the integrity of these dwellings while educating the student body about ways to keep their living environments safe.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

William M. Fischer
Vice President for Student DevelopmentUPDATE: UD Says They Will Reinforce Flooring Of Student Homes

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