CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Mount Mercy University's fall semester has been delayed to Sept. 7 due to the current power and WiFi outages.
McAuley Hall, a residency hall, has sustained significant water damage, making the building unusable for students. The damage has limited overall housing capacity, so students who were originally placed in McAuley will be relocated to a different residence hall.
“Mount Mercy is a resilient community, and we will get through this together while staying committed to our mission of service and academic excellence,” said President Bob Beatty. “Our leadership team has been extremely busy this week carefully assessing the damage to our campus and evaluating all possible options to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our community."
Nate Klein, vice president for student success, said they've made the decision to only place students living more than 15 miles from the school in campus housing for the fall semester
“Residence Life staff will contact all residential students in the coming days to talk about next steps," Klein said. "Once campus power is restored, they will also communicate if a student’s housing placement has changed and what the new move-in date will be.”
The high winds have also damaged many of Mount Mercy’s outdoor facilities at the Plaster Athletic Complex, which includes soccer goals, outfield fences, and track equipment.