Laundry incident leads to Sherman Hall exodus

Students begin moving back after water damage is repaired

Sherman Hall on the campus of Lincoln University of Missouri. (Photo by Kimberly Hill/Clarion News)

By Keishera Lately/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A student hanging laundry from a sprinkler system caused significant water damage to Sherman Hall prior to the start of the spring semester. Some students were forced to move to other residence halls, but are beginning to move back as repairs are completed.
“We moved at least five suites, but some of them we deemed that they could stay,” said Kali Campbell, room assignment coordinator, administrative assistant and residential director of Bennett Hall. “If there are rooms available after deregistration, housing is more than happy to meet with them to see if we can approve a possible room change.” 
Robin Benefield, a senior business administration major from Kansas City, Mo., was one of the students forced to move out. “They called me while I was at work and said, ‘you’re getting a new room,’” said Benefield, who resided in Sherman Hall and was moved to Martin Hall where he had to adjust to having a new roommate.  
Benefield said he would consider the move a downgrade, mainly because in Martin Hall students don’t get the choice of a single room. He said he had his own space in Sherman. He’s expecting to move back into Sherman Hall soon after deregistration.  
Campbell said they are waiting to hear back from the individuals who perform evaluations on the suites. She noted that housing is planning to have the damaged suites remain offline for the rest of the spring semester.  

“I’m thankful that many students were understanding and that they’re willing to ask questions about what happened, instead of just accepting it and moving on,” said Campbell.

Sherman Hall was built in 2008 as a co-ed residence hall and is named for Sherman D. Scruggs, the 11th president of Lincoln University.
For more questions and or concerns you can email housing at or call 573-681-5478. 

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