Student Communications:10/23/13

J. Walter Wilson Steam Leak - Important Information for the Brown Community

From: Russell Carey
To: Students, Faculty and Staff

Dear Members of the Brown Community,

Early this morning a steam leak occurred at J. Walter Wilson. There were no injuries to persons and the leak does not pose a health and safety risk to the campus. However, J. Walter Wilson will be closed for the remainder of the day (Wednesday, October 23rd) as the situation is assessed and repairs are made. The leak has also disrupted heat and hot water in most University buildings south of Waterman Street. University personnel are activating temporary boilers and other measures to restore high temperature hot water to research buildings, dining facilities, and other facilities as quickly as possible, but there may be some buildings - including residence halls - with temporary loss of hot water during the day today. 

Classes scheduled to take place in J. Walter Wilson are currently being relocated by the University Registrar - faculty and students will hear directly via email regarding those locations. We are prioritizing morning classes and working through the class schedule for the remainder of the day.

The administrative offices in J. Walter Wilson and University Mail Services will not be accessible today. Most offices will be closed except for Psychological Services and urgent matters with Financial Aid.

Psychological Services is working from a temporary location in Health Services, and they will be contacting students with appointments today to inform them of the alternate location. Students or others with an emergency need may contact Psychological Services at (401) 863-3476.

Financial Aid staff can be contacted via email at

for assistance or questions.

Any building issues or concerns related to heat or hot water should be reported to Facilities Management Service Response at (401) 863-7800.

Facilities Management will be working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. We will update the community as necessary when more information is available. 


Russell C. Carey
Executive Vice President
Planning and Policy