SFSU closes Sciences Building after discovery of hazards

Faculty at San Francisco State are coping with new turmoil caused by the complete closure of the Sciences Building after the discovery of environmental hazards that include lead, mercury and asbestos.

Hundreds of faculty and staff and an estimated 9000 students who would normally attend classes and conduct lab studies there are affected.

The building, which will be closed for the entire spring semester, has been the site of continuous hazards testing since the first announcement on January 10. Faculty who work and teach there have had little or no access to research materials or belongings inside. Classes, labs and offices are being relocated.

In a message to faculty on Monday, San Francisco State CFA chapter President Sheila Tully, wrote, “Many dislocated faculty remain without offices. Thank you to those who have offered office space to displaced colleagues.”

She emphasized, “As this situation evolves, CFA will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of faculty. The union has many resources at its disposal.”

CFA and other SF campus unions sent a letter to campus President Les Wong last week asking for an all-campus Town Hall meeting to provide updates and address concerns about the closure. On Monday, President Wong announced a Town Hall to be held next week.

Faculty who need help are welcome to contact the CFA SF chapter by calling (415) 338-6232.

Get more information at a special campus web site or call a campus hotline at 415-405-4000.