Students will not be moving into five new residence halls at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, after the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner prohibited the use of the buildings due to safety concerns.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said construction issues would not allow for safe evacuation if there would be a fire.
According to the law, in the commissioner finds a hazard — to life, safety or property — they can prohibit its use until the hazard is resolved.
“As Insurance Commissioner, safety is my top priority,” Causey said. “I will not allow anyone to live in a building that may pose a threat to their life or well-being. However, I am confident we will be able to work with the university to swiftly abate the hazards in order to allow students to move in.”
According to the release, Causey, NCDOI representatives, the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Risk Management Division and UNC-Asheville officials plan to discuss the issue on Friday.
Classes are set to begin on Aug. 20.