State investigates UConn dorm sprinklers

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

STORRS, Conn.--Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano has taken over an investigation into what University of Connecticut school officials knew about the schools' dormitory sprinklers and when they knew it, the Hartford Courant reported.
Three prosecutors are looking into whether UConn officials knew that at least three newly constructed dormitories were not up to state fire and life safety codes when they allowed students to move in.
The dormitories, built as part of the school's billion-dollar construction program, called UConn 2000, were constructed with inadequate sprinkler systems. Documents indicate that an independent contractor notified school officials that the sprinkler system in one of the new dorms was inadequate.
The school began the inquiry in September of 2005. Two school officials, an $85,916-per-year code compliance officer and a $194,910-per-year vice president of operations, have been put on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.