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January 22, 2013

College makes adjustments after fire


The college has been sharing information about recovery efforts on its website, on Facebook and via Twitter.

The Holiday Inn reported that it is housing between 66 and 80 students on any given day, Hal Legg, director of communications at SUNY Oneonta, said Monday. The college is paying $59 per room per night for the lodging, he said.

Legg said an estimate on structural damages in Matteson Hall wasn’t yet available.

The dormitory’s air quality was restored through a “fogging” process during the weekend, officials said, electrical repairs are finished, and the fire alarm system has been restored. An inspection and approval of the work is expected to be complete today. Cleaning and inspection of the ventilation system and elevator shaft are among tasks that need to be done before residents may move in.

On campus, some residence halls had rooms available to accommodate displaced students, Legg said.

Matteson third-floor students have been reassigned, with some relocated to single rooms instead of the standard double room. No one had to triple up, Legg said, and pairs of roommates were able to stay together.

Students who moved into higher-priced rooms saw no increase in their rate, he said, and students in less-expensive accommodations will be billed at the lower rate. Legg said he didn’t know of any students who decided to move off campus, in which case, their room charges would be refunded.

In a statement issued Saturday, SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski applauded the response and willingness to help offered by the campus community, the city of Oneonta and outside agencies and vendors. She thanked Matteson Hall students and their parents for their patience and pledged that the college would “be here’’ for students.

“Accidents happen. I wish they didn’t, but they do,’’ she said in her statement. “And when they do, responding with sensitivity and compassion makes all of us stronger.’’

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