A state university is having trouble keeping students cool.
Officials at South Dakota State University say about half of the Residence Halls on campus are not air-conditioned and heat-index temperatures on the highest floors have reached near 95 degrees.
Because of this heat, officials say the Student Union will be open 24 hours all week long to allow students to cool off. Larson Commons will also be open until midnight through the week.
So far, one student has visited Student Health Services and another has been transported by ambulance to a local hospital complaining of heat-related sickness.
Many students living in the hot halls are staying with friends in other dorms that are air-conditioned.
The school says the following areas are air conditioned and open to students:
- University Student Union: open 24 hours; dining service hours extended to 11 p.m.; additional activities being planned, including movie night
- Larson Commons: open 24 hours; dining service hours extended to 11 p.m.
- Wellness Center: open daily until midnight
- Briggs Library: open daily until midnight