UD investigates possible mold presence in Rodney dorms
Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011 18:10
Updated Oct. 13, 6 p.m.: University officials are now reporting that 37 dorm rooms in the Rodney Complex are being investigated for mold and humidity concerns.
Posted Oct. 13, 5:10 p.m.: University officials reported mold and humidity concerns Thursday in 16 dorm rooms in the Rodney Complex on West Campus.
The possibly affected rooms are located in Rodney A, C and E, said university spokeswoman Meredith Chapman in a statement. Officials are investigating the Rodney Complex because last month saw record-high rains, which can lead to mold growth.
This is the second time this semester that mold has been discovered in student residence halls. Mold was found in 32 of the 150 rooms in the Ray Street Complex late September, leading to the evacuation of some students.
Mold was also discovered in the Harrington Commons on East Campus in August, temporarily shutting down the fitness center inside.
A team of environmental contractors will clean any affected rooms, and any student who needs to be relocated to temporary housing will be provided free use of laundry facilities and movers, Chapman said.
Chapman said the university's environmental health and safety department will evaluate all future reported cases. Residence Life staff will also help students with room-cleaning schedules and finding temporary accommodations if necessary.