IU has engaged EMLab, an outside company that examines indoor air for mold. This is part of IU's plan to test every room and common areas of Foster and McNutt. IU has begun to receive the results of these tests and additional testing is underway at the capacity that the lab can assess and return. Typically, MoldSCORE™ test results take three to four days to come back.
Students can access the MoldSCORE™ report for their room in three ways:
TheStatus 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.
Links to results are posted by building below. The link provides a speadsheet sorted by building and room number and shows the MoldSCORE™ result from the most recent air sampling.
The full scientific reports of the MoldSCORE™ results received are posted below on this page and organized by the date the air sample was collected.
How to read report results
The EMLab report produces a MoldSCORE™ report for each room on a 100-300 scale to indicate whether the indoor levels of mold are within the normal range. A score up to 150 is considered within normal levels of indoor mold.
Not measured means the air sample has not been taken yet and/or results have not yet been received.
A low score (less than 150, green on the report) indicates a low probability of mold spores originating inside.
A moderate score (between 150 and 250, orange on the report) indicates a moderate likelihood of spores originating inside.
A high score (greater than 250, red on the report) indicates a high probability of spores originating inside.
What happens next
If the scores for a room were at or below 150 (green on the report), no action is needed at this time. The room is safe to inhabit and students may move back in.
If the scores for a room were between 150 and 250 (orange on the report), students will have the option of staying in their room or working with RPS to relocate.
If the scores for a room were above 250 (red on the report), residents will receive direct communication for assisted relocating and next steps.
How is the MoldSCORE used to interpret air sample results?
Mold spores are present in virtually all environments, both indoors and outdoors, with a few notable exceptions such as industrial clean rooms and hospital organ transplant rooms. Generally, in "normal" or "clean" indoor environments, indoor spore levels are lower, on average, than outdoor levels. Indoor spore levels vary widely due to factors such as weather conditions and activity levels within the room. For example, even in a "normal" home, spore levels can be higher than outdoors at certain times, such as after vacuuming (when airborne indoor levels could be unusually high) or after a heavy snow (when outdoor levels could be unusually low).
The MoldSCORE™ indicates the likelihood, based upon the air sample laboratory data, whether there is unusual or excessive indoor mold growth. It is calculated using EMLab P&K's proprietary MoldREPORT™ system. Factors taken into consideration include, but are not limited to, the distribution of spore types, absolute levels inside and outside, relative levels inside and outside, the range and variation of spore levels that normally occur outside, and the types of spores present.
MoldREPORT™ is designed and intended to provide an easily understood report for residential home inspections to help in the assessment of mold growth in the living areas sampled. The full laboratory results, accompanied by the MoldReport and MoldScores, are reviewed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to determine the most appropriate course of action based upon the collective air sample results.