Andrea Swalec

Howard University Closed Due to Campus-Wide Heating Problems

Howard University's campus is closed through at least Friday after widespread failures in the heating system amid below-freezing temperatures, officials say.

"Sub-zero temperatures have resulted in boiler issues and ruptured steam pipes. This is in turn affecting heat dispersion across campus," university vice president Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy said in a statement.

Spring semester classes at the historically black Washington, D.C. school were scheduled to start Monday. There was no word immediately on whether that start date will change.

Students returning to campus after the holiday break were asked to delay their arrival until at least noon Sunday. The residences halls were set to reopen Friday. For students who already are en route, the dorms will be open and "Residence Life staff will be on site to accommodate students," university vice president Kenneth Holmes said in a statement.

Howard University Hospital remains open, and programming at WHUR-FM and WHUT-TV is broadcasting on its regular schedule.

Freezing temperatures and snow in D.C. on Thursday closed schools, caused water main breaks and delayed the work day for federal employees

Students weighed in on social media.

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News4's Kristin Wright reports from Howard University about the report of an active shooter on campus Tuesday. The report was unfounded, D.C. police said.
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