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 Dec. 14, 8:50 a.m.

Hours of some services being offered to students affected by the remediation will be altered over the next couple of weeks due to winter break:

Laundry

Flip Laundry Service will be closed Dec. 14 through Jan. 3. Pick-ups will resume on Jan. 4. Laundry dropped off Thursday, Dec. 13 or later will be returned after winter break. Students are welcome to drop off large loads of laundry for cleaning by Thursday, Dec. 13 and then pick them up when they return after Jan. 4.

The RPS complimentary laundry service will continue and laundry rooms in the residence halls will be open and available over winter break.

IU Health Center

The IU Health Center has reduced hours during winter break:

  • Dec. 17, 18: 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 - 21: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 - 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26 - 28: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 - Jan. 1: Closed
  • Jan. 2 - 4: 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours will begin again on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Residence Halls

Center desks in all residence halls will be closed from 10 a.m. Dec. 15 until noon on Jan. 1. On-call staff can be reached 24/7, however, by calling the center desk phone number. There will be no package delivery/mail service between Dec. 15 and Jan. 1.


Update Dec. 12, 3:45 p.m.

As winter break begins on Dec. 15, crews will begin inspection, cleaning and air sampling in Teter Boisen, Elkin and Rabb.

Before leaving for winter break, Teter residents should:

  • Box up all personal belongings from:
    • Closets
    • Any storage areas above the closet
    • Desks
    • Shelves
    • Window sill
    • Around the HVAC unit
    • Walls (take down posters, decorative lights, etc.)
  • Leave HEPA air purifier on the highest setting
  • Register for your semester break stayover. Complete the form sent to you by RPS and included in the In Touch newsletter. It’s especially important for Teter residents to complete this information so we can properly notify anyone planning to be in their room during inspection and remediation work.

Boxing items

  • Boxes are available in the Game Room in Teter.
  • Boxed items may be left on the bed or in the center of the room and will be covered with plastic during the cleaning and remediation.
  • If you have valuables you wouldn’t want to box up and leave in your room, please consider taking these items home with you for break.

Update Dec. 11, 1:28 p.m.

As remediation work continues at Indiana University residence halls, Residential Programs and Services (RPS) is offering tips to students to help avoid the reoccurrence of mold. IU joins other major universities in sharing proactive measures; similar to the steps used in other residential settings to avoid conditions that promote mold growth. Together, with the regular maintenance and cleaning IU completes multiple times each year and help from student residents, the chance of additional mold will significantly decrease.

A sampling of tips from the full list include: 

  • Do not open the windows and run the air conditioner at the same time.
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) vents open to maintain proper airflow.
  • Do not block or restrict airflow from the HVAC by positioning furniture near the unit or placing wet items over the vents.
  • If the room has an air purifier, leave it running on the highest setting at all times.
    Immediately report a water leak or any visible mold to the center desk.

Update Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.

The collection of air samples is underway and results from air samples taken on Dec. 3 and 4 are now posted on the Mold Reports page as well as on the Status Check site.

Students can view the most recent air sample results for their residence hall room in three ways:

  1. The Status Check website allows students to access information about the status of their room, including where in the remediation process their room is and their MoldSCORE™ report results.
  2. Links to results are posted by building on the Mold Reports page. The link provides a spreadsheet sorted by building and room number and shows the MoldSCORE™ result from the most recent air sampling.
  3. The full scientific reports of the MoldSCORE™ results received are also posted on the Mold Reports page and organized by the date the air sample was collected.

Update Dec. 7, 9:03 a.m.

Today, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved an accelerated plan for the renovation of Foster and McNutt residence halls as part of a more than $300 million investment in student housing on the Bloomington campus.

Renovations for both residence halls were approved during a Board of Trustees meeting in February 2018 in a multi-year plan to update residential housing on the Bloomington campus. The renovation of Foster and McNutt has now been moved to end end of the spring semester in May 2019. This means these two residence halls will be closed during the 2019-2020 academic year and are expected to return to service in the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

Read the full news release at news.iu.edu.

 

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.