“It's hot out, really hot out,” Bobbitt said in the letter. “And we know you are frustrated because who wants to sleep or study in a hot and uncomfortable room?!”
Bobbitt referred questions to media relations office.
A school spokeswoman at the Towson-based liberal arts college said about 80 students who live in an older dorm in single rooms are affected. The students knew there was no air conditioner when they signed up for the rooms, said Stephanie Coldren, Goucher associate vice president for marketing and communications.
“We are just trying to give those students options if they are uncomfortable and don’t want to use extra fans to have an alternative place to go,” Coldren said. “It is just unfortunate this heat wave is hitting us right now.”
Temperatures in the Baltimore area have been in the mid- to high-90s all week, with the heat index in the triple digits.
Students were told in the email that cots had been dropped off at the ath, short for the campus library Athenaeum.
“Generally, we discourage sleeping in the ath, but this week it is fair game,” Bobbitt wrote, “A limited number of cots have been dropped off and students are free to use them. Bring a blanket and grab a cot or a couch.
The Jewish student center Hillel is also available for students to sleep in.
Researchers are creating a map of the pockets of Baltimore where an abundance of blacktop and a lack of tree cover create what are known as urban heat islands. The data will help address rising public health concerns about heat-related illnesses.