A problem with the fire sprinkler system in Highlands University’s new dorms has prompted the school to temporarily move 52 students.
On Dec. 28, a campus security officer noticed that pipes in the sprinkler system had burst, causing damage to some of the dorm rooms, Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.
The trigger in the sprinkler system malfunctioned, so some of the pipes filled up with water, then bursting when they froze, he said.
As a result, some walls, ceilings and doors will require work. Some doors may need to be replaced entirely, officials said.
University officials hope to fix the damage quickly and then give the students the choice of staying in their new room assignments or returning to their old rooms, Weaver said.
In August, the university opened the new dorms, so the buildings are still under warranty.
Now, officials are investigating whether the problem was the fault of the subcontractor or the university.
That way, the university can determine who will pay for the repairs, Weaver said.