Dear Colleagues and Students,
As the university prepares for starting the new semester on an expanded campus with the Centennial Campus and the new Residential Colleges in Lung Wah Street, we attach particular importance to ensuring the health and safety of students and staff, adhering to established standards.
At the Residential Colleges, since the Occupation Permit was obtained less than 2 weeks ago, the University has been monitoring the indoor air quality in different parts of the new buildings, among other health and safety checks, according to the standards set by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the HKSAR Government.
The latest reports received by the university this afternoon indicate that the readings of formaldehyde concentration in a few indoor air samples did not meet the ‘Good Class’ standard of EPD.
Although expert advice suggests that good ventilation will significantly lower the risk, as a precautionary measure, the university has decided that students will not be housed in the Residential Colleges for the time being. Non-local students arriving on September 5 and 6 will be arranged to move into hostels or nearby hotels for a short-term stay, or other available university residences for temporary accommodation. They will move into the Residential Colleges once further and consistent monitoring results confirm that the indoor air quality in the Residential Colleges meets EPD’s ‘Good Class’ standard.
Contingency support measures have been put in place to communicate with these students and to provide due care to them. A hotline has been set up for enquiries, and helpers will be providing guidance and assistance to students during the transition process.
In the next two weeks, apart from monitoring, professional staff of the university will continue to implement various measures to improve the air quality in the Residential Colleges.
The health and safety of students and staff is our highest priority. We will update you of the progress, and appeal to your continuous support to our collective efforts to overcome the challenges facing us as we start the new semester.
Professor Roland T Chin
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Chair Professor of Computer Science