SAN JOSE -- San Jose State will not hold classes in its journalism and communications building Monday and Tuesday -- the first two days of the fall term -- as it repairs a portion of the structure damaged by a leak in its steam heating system.

Officials say a crew spent much of the summer renovating the century-old Dwight Bentel Hall, and it was supposed to be ready for the start of the semester this week.

Employees have complained of poor indoor air quality because of mold, a public health hazard. Campus spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said the mold has been removed. A campus announcement said fans and dehumidifiers are drying the residual moisture in the restroom and hallway walls in the building's east wing.

Students assigned to courses in the building were instructed to report to the student union building.

In the announcement, Provost Andy Feinstein looked on the bright side.

"The good news," he said, "is that we are well on our way to bringing one of our most historic buildings into the 21st century."



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