Several Hugh Poland Hall residents displaced early this morning following sprinkler activation


Hugh Poland Hall, like most other dorms, was vacated in a matter of days. Housing parking lots are similarly empty as students move home and Parking and Transportation Services refunds parking passes.

B Turner, Content Editor

Multiple rooms were affected when sprinklers were set off in Hugh Poland Hall at 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 8.

According to Jace Lux, the sprinklers were activated when a student hung a piece of clothing from the sprinkler in their room. When the article of clothing was removed, the building’s sprinkler system was activated.

Residents were evacuated once the alarms sounded.


“19 rooms were affected, and displaced residents were given the option of relocating to unoccupied sections of Douglas Keen Hall,” Jace Lux, WKU media relations director, said in an email.

All students who live in Hugh Poland Hall currently have access to their rooms.

The Herald contacted Bryan Russell, WKU chief of facilities, prior to publication for more information, but he did not respond in time for publication.