Teter remediation update
On Dec. 3, residents in Teter received an email from Provost Lauren Robel announcing that over the winter break all rooms in Teter will be inspected, cleaned and have air samples taken. If mold is identified, the room will be remediated.
What's happening in Teter?
Teams will enter all rooms in Teter regardless if they have had any inspection/remediation work previously done this semester to complete a visual inspection, cleaning and an air sample.
Results of the air sample tests will be posted to the Status Check website, which allows students to search for their room, as well as on the Mold Reports page on this site as soon as they are available. All air sample results are expected to be returned by Friday, Jan. 4.
Why is this happening now?
Reports of mold concerns in Teter have been closely followed this semester. IU is continuing to work proactively for the health and wellbeing of its students in Teter while also trying to minimize and avoid disruption to students' daily routines. Therefore, the decision has been made to visually inspect, clean and conduct an air sample test in all rooms in Teter Boisen, Elkin and Rabb over the winter break.
What do students need to do before break to prepare their rooms?
Before leaving their residence hall for winter break, students living in Teter will need to:
- Remove all personal belongings from:
- Any storage areas above the closet
- Window sill
- Around the HVAC unit
- Walls (take down all posters, decorative lights, etc.)
- Leave HEPA air purifier on the highest setting
- Look for communication from RPS asking all students to indicate which days they will be in their residence hall room over winter break.
Boxes will be available in the Teter Game Room beginning Dec. 3 if students need them. Boxed items may be left on the bed or in the center of the room and will be covered with plastic during the cleaning. If students have valuables they wouldn't want to box up and leave in the room, please consider taking these items home over the break.
There will be a team available on-site in Teter E005 (next to the Center Desk) beginning Dec. 3 to talk with residents and answer questions about the planned work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What work is underway at Teter?
All rooms in Teter Boisen, Elkin and Rabb will be inspected for visible mold growth and cleaned. All solid surfaces in the room will be cleaned and sanitized, including closets, bed frames, desks, shelves, window sills, floors, walls, etc.
Air sample tests will be done in all rooms in Teter, regardless of whether mold was found.
If mold is found in my room. What will happen?
The remediation teams will be working to clean and eradicate the source of mold. In addition to the cleaning that's happening in every room, extra steps will be done based on the extent and location of the mold.
My room has already been inspected/remediated this semester. Are you doing this again?
Yes. To ensure we're implementing a consistent process and assuring no rooms are missed, we will be inspecting, cleaning and doing air samples in all rooms in Teter.
Why is this work being conducted now?
We have monitored the situation in Teter over the last several weeks and, knowing that the building structure and HVAC systems are the same in Teter as they are in Foster and McNutt, these proactive measures are in the best interest of student well being. By completing the work over winter break when the vast majority of students are off campus, we hope to minimize the disruption to our students.
Can I continue living in Teter?
Students may continue living in Teter as normal. Should any mold spore sample results taken during the break indicate mold spores in the high range, we will work with those students individually to find an alternative housing option for the remainder of the academic year.
When will my air sample result be back?
Nearly 400 rooms will be inspected, cleaned and sampled. We expect the results of all air samples to be returned by Friday, Jan. 4.
Will I be able to see the results for my room? Where and how will it be posted?
Will I have to move? How will I know if I have to relocate?
It is possible some students currently living in Teter may have to relocate based on the results of the air sample. If the result of the air sample is in the high range in the MoldSCORE™ report, the student will be contacted via email by Jan. 4 to discuss their options for alternate housing for the spring semester.
Are mold concerns in Teter similar to those at Foster and McNutt?
There have not been as many mold complaints in Teter as there have been in Foster and McNutt. Knowing, however, the building structure and HVAC systems in all three of these buildings are the same, the university is taking the proactive step of inspecting, cleaning and air sampling in Teter while students are off campus for winter break.
Additional frequently asked questions are available on this site, including general information about mold, information about the remediation process and services available to students to help minimize inconvenience and disruption.