Indiana University students removed from dorms while school cleans up mold

Posted at 6:39 PM, Oct 25, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Hundreds of students have been removed from their Indiana University Bloomington campus dorms after mold was found growing in several units. 

More than 900 rooms are being cleaned and inspected in the McNutt and Foster dormitories on the Bloomington campus. 

The university says it is committed to providing a safe environment for its students and has a plan to get rid of the mold and get students back into their rooms as quickly as possible. 

The university has created an emergency operation center to direct the cleanup detail. Resources are directed to and monitored from that site.

The university has 122 workers deployed trying to fix things, but Isabelle’s mother isn’t sure administrators understand the real issues.

“I think they need to be aware of the seriousness of the situation,’ said Angie Trusty. “The kids are sick and they are missing class. They are scared. They want a place to live. It is ruining their freshman experience.”

John Applegate, Vice President of University Academic Affairs says they are giving students affected by the issue a $3,000 credit toward their tuition and housing.

“We know we have a significant issue,” said Applegate. “We know that a lot of people have been disrupted by this. We have not responded as quickly as we would have liked to. We are absolutely determined we are gonna make this right.”

The university hopes to have the cleaning and remediation finished by November 1 so students can begin moving back into their assigned dorms.