Updated Dec. 7
- What if a student wants to move permanently out of Foster or McNutt?
- What temporary housing options is IU offering students?
- My student can't move all their belongings on their own. Who can help with this?
- I don't have transportation to my temporary housing. What can I do?
- I opted for alternative housing prior to Oct. 15. Can I get reimbursed?
- What residence halls are affected?
Residence Hall Transitions
- What did the IU Board of Trustees approve during its Dec. 2018 meeting regarding IU residence halls?
- Will Foster and McNutt remain open to students during the renovation?
- Are Foster and McNutt being closed because of the mold issues?
- If Foster and McNutt are being closed in May 2019, are they safe to live in until then?
- How will the renovations address mold concerns in these residence halls?
To request a permanent room change, call 812-855-5601. If it's after business hours or the line is busy, email RPS at email@example.com. When calling or emailing, please provide a call-back phone number; this will help process the request more quickly. The staff in the RPS Assignments Office will discuss vacancy options with you. We are currently at capacity at Briscoe and do not have open doubles for roommate pairs to move. We have some individual bed spaces in traditional residence hall rooms in other centers.
Students are offered temporary relocation because they are concerned about visible or suspected mold in their room or are required to relocate based on the result of their room's mold spore test. Students are being relocated on a rolling basis depending on these factors. RPS is working with all relocated students as closely as possible to support them during this transition, including assistance with moving logistics.
For those students in rooms where mold has been identified, we are accommodating temporary relocations. Students in this situation will receive details on initiating a temporary relocation.
As of Friday, Oct. 12, IU has hired locally-owned, A Soft Touch Moving and Storage Company to assist all students in need with full service packing, securely storing, moving their personal items from their rooms and back if they have to be displaced from their room or if they are choosing to make a permanent room change to another residence hall.
Soft Touch is on standby 7 days/week (even after 5 p.m.) to assist any student with this need. To arrange for this service (paid in full by IU), please call them at 812-333-4755.
Owner John Craft and Manager Eric Lashley will be coordinating their movers and these logistics.
Free transportation is available for those students in Foster or McNutt halls who have been offered temporary relocation while remediation is underway.
Students interested in using the service prior to 8 p.m. should call 812-855-5043. After 8 p.m., students should call Safety Escort at 812-855-SAFE or use the TapRide app.
These transportation offerings pertain to transporting the students from their current resident hall to their new, temporary location.
The University started offering alternate housing on Oct. 15. If a student residing in McNutt or Foster incurred a hotel bill for alternate housing in Bloomington prior to Oct.15, you can request reimbursement for your temporary housing.
Foster and McNutt on the Bloomington campus are the primary residence halls currently affected. There have been sporadic instances in other residence halls on campus as well.
Residence Hall Transitions
What did the IU Board of Trustees approve during its Dec. 2018 meeting regarding IU residence halls?
The trustees approved an accelerated plan for the renovation of Foster and McNutt residence halls. Having earlier this year approved renovation plans for both halls, timing for the work has been adjusted to begin in summer 2019 with anticipated completion in 2021.
No. Indiana University sometimes opts to temporarily close a residence hall or a portion of a hall to accommodate renovations. The improvements for Foster and McNutt can most efficiently be completed by closing the residence halls during renovations.
Both residence halls were already earmarked for renovation. The mold concerns simply accelerated the plans.
Yes. If a student is currently living in Foster and McNutt and has no allergic symptoms or chronic health conditions, he or she may safely remain in the halls for the rest of the current academic year. In any rooms where MoldSCORE™ reports indicated high levels of mold spores, students have already been individually contacted to find alternate housing for the rest of the academic year.
New HVAC systems and changes in the room designs will greatly reduce the risk of future mold growth. Just as with any residential setting, proactive steps by the university and the student residents will also help reduce mold risks.