Czech state to contribute CZK 20 million to restore faculty building after shooting

The faculty building, closed since a shooter killed 14 students, will remain shuttered until at least the end of January for technical reasons.


Written by ČTK Published on 19.01.2024 09:02:00 (updated on 20.01.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech Education Ministry announced Thursday that it will provide a contribution of up to CZK 20 million to the Faculty of Arts of Charles University for the restoration of material damage resulting from the tragic event on Dec. 21. A student shot 14 people, wounded 25, and then committed suicide at the faculty's headquarters at Jan Palach square.

Dean Eva Lehečková revealed that over 130 doors were destroyed during a police raid on the faculty, estimating the repair cost to be several million crowns. The financial support will be granted upon the submission of an application by the Faculty of Arts, which must be done before June 30, 2024, according to the ministry.

The faculty building, closed since the incident, will remain shuttered until at least the end of January for technical reasons. Water leakage from the heating system on the fourth floor and damage to numerous doors throughout the building, requiring repair or replacement, were reported.

Classes for the summer semester, starting Feb.19, are expected to proceed in the main building, excluding the fourth floor, which may remain closed until September, depending on the building's technical condition. The faculty administration will seek alternative space for staff affected by the closure of the fourth floor.

Repairing the heritage-value building necessitates a specialized approach, said Lehečková. Despite being in normal operation on the day of the tragedy, the faculty canceled classes for the remainder of the winter semester. The commencement of the summer semester, including the potential for distance learning, will depend on the technical status of the main building.

Access to the faculty headquarters will be allowed for students and faculty members one month after the incident, with lectures and musical performances planned.

Additionally, a temporary commemorative installation will be created on Jan Palach Square, led by students from the University of Arts, Architecture, and Design. At the UMPRUM building on the square, a candle recycling initiative will take place, aiming to create a permanent reminder of the tragic event.

In response to the tragedy, various events have been organized as part of the Month for Faculty, which will conclude with a concert in Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum on Jan. 30.

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