This site includes the latest information regarding removing and resolving mold concerns in some residence halls on the Bloomington campus.

Not receiving messages about the remediation effort?
Students should check their settings for IU-Notify alerts by going to one.iu.edu, searching for IU-Notify and verifying their mobile number and email address are correct. Residents are receiving email and text messages about remediation work involving their rooms, including the cleaning schedule, via the IU-Notify system. If the student's information is not in the system or the student has opted out of IU-Notify alerts, the student will not receive these important messages. 

Testing: Every room and common area in residence halls with heightened concern are being tested for mold spores by a third party.

Look to this site for frequent updates.

 


IU's Call Center is available 24/7
to take calls from concerned students and parents.
Call 812-855-IUIU (4848).


 

 

Update Jan. 11, 4:28 p.m.

The vast majority of laundry from RPS residents sent to FLIP Laundry Services is in the possession of the service’s Indianapolis facility meaning it was not affected by the fire this morning at the Bloomington location. All of this laundry will be completed and returned on Monday as scheduled.

FLIP Laundry Service will not be available for the foreseeable future, however, given the damage the Bloomington facility sustained this morning. Any bags of laundry recently delivered to the center desk for cleaning should be picked up and will need to be laundered by the student.

IU will extend the RPS laundry credit for Teter residents through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019.


Update Jan. 11, 10:27 a.m.

For several weeks, students living in Foster, McNutt and Teter have had access to FLIP Laundry Services as an additional resources for handling clothes and belongings affected by mold. Unfortunately early this morning, there was a fire at FLIP Laundry Services, which means the business will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are awaiting word from FLIP on the current status of items that were in their care.


Update Jan. 2, 8:34 p.m.

As students begin to return to campus, a few reminders to Teter residents:

  • All inspections, cleaning and air sampling were completed over winter break. Every Teter resident should have received an email on Dec. 28 regarding the result of the air sample of their room. This email also provided information on any next steps students need to take regarding their housing accommodations for the spring semester. Residents may also check the Status Check site at any time for the air sample results.
  • If a resident's room was not packed as instructed prior to leaving for winter break, RPS staff packed the resident's belongings so inspections and cleaning could be completed. Belongings will be boxed in the student's room.
  • Some furniture may have been moved to accommodate inspections and/or cleaning. If help is needed to move any furniture back, students can visit the help desk set up in room 005. The help desk is open 2 to 6 p.m. today through Jan. 9. If assistance is needed outside of these hours, students should visit the Teter Center Desk.

Update Dec. 28, 2 p.m.

All MoldSCORE™ reports from Teter are now posted on this site as well as the Status Check site. Teter residents will receive an email this afternoon letting them know if the score for their room is in the green (low), orange (moderate) or red (high) category. To view a room’s specific score, students can use the Status Check site (IU CAS login required) and search for their room or visit the Mold Reports page on this site for information.

 

A look at the remediation efforts

Description of the video:

[Words appear: Indiana University presents]

[Video: A set of bunk beds, in a college dorm room, are covered in plastic, while the room is being cleaned.]

[Video: Two crew members are cleaning a college dorm room. They are vacuuming and wiping down the inside of an air conditioning unit. Both are sitting on their knees as they clean.]

[Video: A close-up of a crew member using a HEPA vacuum. You see a hand holding the vacuum. The person is wearing latex gloves. The person is vacuuming the inside of an air conditioning unit.]

[Video: Ben Hunter, superintendent for public safety, appears on camera.]

Hunter speaks: What we’ve done is a full-scale operation here, today. We are investigating every case. We are making sure that we are putting effort to it, we are bringing in extra crews, we are allowing for inspections.

[Video: Close-ups of an individual’s hands getting supplies from a toolbox.

[Video: A man is standing in a college dorm room, holding a binder. There are papers in the binder and he is using a pen to take notes.]

[Video: Close-ups of an individual’s hands as he operates an air quality tester.]

[Video: Hunter appears on camera.]

Hunter speaks: We are also bringing in a third party independent assessor, in terms of doing air quality tests. We are going to send those to an independent lab. Our EHS staff has done that as well, but we feel like this is an effort that we want to validate our current testing and make sure that we do not miss anything.

[Video: Two crew members use a flashlight to look inside an air conditioning unit that is inside a college dorm room to see if they can find any mold.]

[Video: A crew member uses a flashlight to look inside a closet that is in a college dorm room to see if he can find any mold.]

Hunter speaks: So that testing will be going on today for indoor air quality tests as well.

[Video: Thomas Morrison, vice president of capital planning and facilities, appears on camera.]

Morrison speaks: At the core of this is student safety, and so from there, what we’ve been trying to do… is our goals have been to find it, find where the mold is, to clean it up and remediate it, to stop it from happening again, and of course, at the core of all of that, is to make it safe.

[Video: A crew member uses a flashlight to look inside a closet that is in a college dorm room to see if he can find any mold.]

[Video: A bed and all of the bedding in a college dorm room is covered in plastic to keep it safe while the room is being cleaned.]

[Video: Hunter appears on camera.]

Hunter speaks: We want to make sure that if you see mold or if you think you see mold, we want to reassure our students and parents that we are going through the process with HEPA vacuums, changing filters, disinfecting and making sure that we are taking no chance in these environments. 

[Video: A crew member uses a HEPA vacuum to clean the inside of an air conditioning unit. They have a face mask on and have a covering over their head to protect them.]

[Video: A crew member wipes down the inside of an air conditioning unit in a college dorm room.]

[SCREEN GOES TO WHITE]

[Words appear: More info: buildings.iu.edu.]

[SCREEN GOES TO BLACK]

[IU trident appears]

[Words appear: Indiana University]

[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]

[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

 

Description of the video:

[Words appear: Indiana University presents]

[Video: Crews work outside to unpack boxes of HEPA air purifiers and take them inside a college dorm.]

[Words appear: HEPA filters installed in residence halls]

[Video: An employee walks into a college dorm lounge carrying two HEPA air purifiers and adds them the stacks of purifiers.]

[Words appear: HEPA air purifiers are being installed in all rooms in Foster and McNutt.]

[Video: An employee stacks air purifiers in a college dorm lounge.]

[Words appear: These air purifiers reduce mold spores as well as dust and pollen in the air.]

[Video: An employee moves a large cart of air purifiers off a delivery truck in front of a college dorm.]

[Words appear: HEPA filters capture up to 99.7% of particles as small as .3 microns.]

[Video: An employee pushes a large cart of air purifiers up a ramp and into a college dorm.]

[Video: An employee unpacks an air purifier inside a college dorm.]

[Words appear: Mold spores are typically 3 to 40 microns.]

[Video: Employees stage air purifiers outside college dorm rooms and check off the rooms as they are installed.]

Ben Hunter, superintendent for public safety speaks: What we’ve done is a full-scale operation here, today. We are investigating every case. We are making sure that we are putting effort to it, we are bringing in extra crews, we are allowing for inspections.

[Video: Hunter appears on camera.]

[Video: Close-ups of an individual’s hands putting together an air purifier.]

[Video: Hunter appears on camera.]

[Video: Crews work outside to unpack boxes of HEPA air purifiers and take them inside a college dorm.]

[SCREEN GOES TO WHITE]

[Words appear: More info: buildings.iu.edu.]

[SCREEN GOES TO BLACK]

[IU trident appears]

[Words appear: Indiana University]

[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]

[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Convector units are remediated in a McNutt residence hall room.
Convector units are remediated in a McNutt residence hall room.
Cabinets of a McNutt residence hall room are inspected for mold.
Mold spore testing is conducted in a residence hall room.
Convector units are remediated in a McNutt residence hall room.
The small electronics cleaning station in McNutt opened Monday, Oct. 29.
The small electronics cleaning station in McNutt opened Monday, Oct. 29.
The small electronics cleaning station in McNutt opened Monday, Oct. 29.
The small electronics cleaning station in McNutt opened Monday, Oct. 29.
The small electronics cleaning station in McNutt opened Monday, Oct. 29.
Air samples are being taken in all Teter residence hall rooms.
Cleaning crews HEPA vacuum a Teter residence hall room.
Cleaning crews work in a Teter residence hall room.
Cleaning crews work through Teter over winter break.