To the John Jay College Community:

We have decided to close North Hall today because of the confirmed presence of bedbugs on at least the first, second and third floors of the building. I am writing to explain this decision and the factors leading up to the decision.

Yesterday, we sent a memo to the College Community reporting that a professional inspection by our pest control contractor of certain offices on the first floor of North Hall had confirmed the presence of bedbugs. We undertook this inspection because a number of staff had reported skin rashes and ultimately bedbugs were suspected as the cause of those rashes. Based on the initial results of the inspection of the first floor where those employees worked, we decided to close North Hall over the weekend so that the building could be treated to eliminate these insects. Throughout the day yesterday, the inspection of North Hall continued. At midnight last night, we were informed that the presence of bedbugs had been confirmed in a number of offices on the second and third floors of North Hall. Based on this information, I have decided, after consultation with the University, to close North Hall effective immediately. Classes and other activities will go on as scheduled in all other campus locations. We will move up the treatment schedule from Saturday as a result of these new findings. We will make every effort to reopen North Hall on Tuesday, September 29, when classes would normally resume following the Yom Kippur observances.

While this decision will result in significant disruption of the activities of the College, I believe this action is necessary to protect the health of our students, faculty and professional staff. We will make every effort to maintain critical College services over the next few days while access to North Hall is restricted. Until North Hall is re-opened, faculty and staff can certainly go to their offices if they need to access materials. We will reconstitute critical services at other locations throughout the College, as best we can and will announce those locations as soon as decisions have been made. Classes that were scheduled will be rescheduled for later in the semester, in accordance with College policy. In short, we will make every effort to provide the critical services and academic programs of the College, but will place the health concerns of our community first.

Please watch out for updates and additional information-- on the website, your email, or through CUNY Alert. We have scheduled an information session for today, Thursday, at 2:00 in the College Theater. If you have questions, I encourage you to come to this information session.

I thank everyone for their understanding during this difficult time.

Jeremy Travis