Gist Hall Update - Air Testing Results

May 15, 2019 - 12:02pm

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.

Gist Hall Air Testing Data May 11, 2019

Until then, out of an abundance of caution, Gist Hall will remain closed for an estimated two to six weeks. During that time, the University will contract with a firm to develop a plan and carry out the cleanup.

At this time, offices and other spaces in Gist Hall cannot be accessed for work or personal items. There are no exceptions.

Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall this week have been relocated to different spaces on campus.

Relocated Gist Hall Final Exams

The disturbed material was discovered during a check of the building’s systems on Friday, May 10, following reports of heating issues. The substance is presumed to be asbestos and is being tested for confirmation. It was discovered in a plenum—a space used to help circulate air—behind an access panel on the second floor. After an extensive evaluation of the situation, Gist Hall was shut down that day to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Classes were relocated, all activities were suspended, and the campus community was notified.

More updates will be provided when they’re available. Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For general updates and information, visit humboldt.edu or call 826-INFO.

Gist Hall Update - Test Results Still Pending

May 14, 2019 - 3:13pm

The results of testing in Gist Hall, due to 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.

Out of an abundance of caution, and regardless of the results of initial testing, Gist Hall will remain closed for an estimated two to six weeks. During that time, the University will contract with a firm to develop a plan and carry out cleanup.

At this time, offices and other spaces in Gist Hall cannot be accessed for work or personal items. There are no exceptions.

Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall this week have been relocated to different spaces on campus.

Relocated Gist Hall Final Exams

The disturbed material was discovered during a check of the building’s systems on Friday, May 10, following reports of heating issues. The substance is presumed to be asbestos and is being tested for confirmation. It was discovered in a plenum - a space used to help circulate air - behind an access panel on the second floor. After an extensive evaluation of the situation, Gist Hall was shut down that day to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Classes were relocated, all activities were suspended, and the campus community was notified.

More updates will be provided when they’re available. Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For general updates and information, visit humboldt.edu or call 826-INFO.

Gist Hall Update: Final Exams Relocated All Week

May 13, 2019 - 4:49pm

Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall this week 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.

Relocated Gist Hall Final Exams

Gist Hall remains closed, out of an abundance of caution, after the discovery last Friday of possibly disturbed asbestos. HSU has been conducting testing in the facility this weekend, with results now expected by Tuesday morning.

All classes and other activities in Gist Hall have been suspended. There is no access to offices or other spaces. Services and other programs in the building are being relocated, and those directly affected can seek guidance from their divisions or departments.

Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For general updates and information, visit humboldt.edu or call 826-INFO.

Gist Hall Update: Monday Final Exams Relocated

May 12, 2019 - 8:09pm

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.

Gist Hall Final Exam Relocation Plan

Gist Hall remains closed, out of an abundance of caution, after the discovery last Friday of possibly disturbed asbestos. HSU has been conducting testing in the facility this weekend, with results expected Monday afternoon.

All classes and other activities in Gist Hall have been suspended. There is no access to offices or other spaces. Services and other programs in the building are being relocated, and those directly affected are receiving guidance from their divisions or departments.

Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For general updates and information, visit humboldt.edu or call 826-INFO.

Gist Hall Update: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Play Moved to North Coast Repertory Theatre

May 11, 2019 - 12:03pm

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.

Last night’s performance of the play was cancelled after the indefinite closure of Gist Hall at Humboldt State University. The building had to be closed, out of an abundance of caution, after the discovery of possibly disturbed asbestos.

There was concern that the entire run of Fantastic Mr. Fox would be cancelled. But NCRT came forward to help, and faculty and staff rallied to help the student performers and crew.  So the show goes on!

Fantastic Mr. Fox follows the attempts of three farmers to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. They are outwitted at every turn, and Mr. Fox devises a plan which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family, but all his friends.

The final performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at NCRT (300 5th Street in Eureka). Pre-purchased tickets will be honored. Donations will be accepted at the door. As seats are available, others will be admitted.

Gist hall remains closed, and all classes and other activities in the building have been suspended. There is no access to offices or other spaces.

HSU is conducting testing in the facility this weekend, with results expected Monday. Also this weekend, plans are being developed to relocate any final exams scheduled for Gist Hall, and that schedule will be shared by campus email and posted on the building doors as soon as possible. Services and other programs in the building will also be relocated.

Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For updates and information, visit humboldt.edu or call 826-INFO.

Gist Hall Closed Until Further Notice

May 10, 2019 - 6:07pm

Out of an abundance of caution, Gist Hall has been closed until further notice.

All events and other activities in the building have been suspended, and there is no access to offices or classrooms. Finals are being relocated, and that schedule will be shared by email and posted on the building doors as soon as possible.

During a routine check of the building’s systems on Friday, May 10, the campus discovered the possible presence of disturbed asbestos. Testing will be conducted throughout the weekend and into Monday, and results will be available then.

Information about disturbed asbestos (pdf)

Employees who work in Gist Hall should contact their supervisor. For information during non-business hours, contact UPD Dispatch at 826-5555.