CBU delays start of spring semester due to burst pipes, flooding damage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students at Christian Brothers University will have a delayed start to their spring semester after ruptured pipes caused flooding and damage on campus.

Some students are being moved to other dorm rooms due to the damage, the school said.

When FOX13′s crew showed up at Barry Hall, an administration building, we didn’t have to look far to see extensive water damage.

Wet blankets lined the floor and ceiling tiles were missing.

A recent arctic blast saw temperatures plunge well below freezing, causing pipes across the city to burst.

The university issued a formal statement, saying they will delay the start of the spring 2023 semester.

All academic programs, with the exception of nursing and physician’s assistant studies, will start on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

All students will move into the dorms on Jan. 14 and 15, with the exception of students whose rooms were impacted by the flooding.

State Representative John Gillepsie told FOX13 that CBU may be entitled to state funds to help with repair costs.

He estimated those costs at tens of millions of dollars.

Gillepsie said if Tennessee’s governor, Bill Lee, declares a state of emergency, then CBU could be entitled to those federal funds.

CBU said the add/drop date for classes has been moved to Jan. 20.

The delayed start will not affect the end date for the term, officials said.