This site includes the latest information regarding work to remove and resolve mold concerns in some residence halls on the Bloomington campus.
IU offices, as well as contracted firms, are working to rapidly address reports of mold. Increased instances of mold are likely due to the unseasonably warm and humid weather that has lasted well into the fall.
While mold has only been found in a limited number of cases, IU is taking the precaution to inspect and clean every room and the building's mechanical equipment. Residents are receiving direct email messages with that schedule and a frequently asked questions section provides more answers below.
This site will be updated daily regarding the work and the proactive measures to help avoid recurrences.
Update Oct. 16, 5:01 p.m.
Remediation work continues at residence halls, with mold spore testing by a third-party service company in 112 rooms.
Additional numbers related to the remediation work to date:
- Number of requests to inspect: 497
- Number of rooms remediated: 350
- In addition, the total number of students relocated has dropped to 82.
(*Note: Many students offered relocation have declined or are considering relocation options.)
Update Oct. 16, 10:45 a.m.
Significant progress continues this morning on remediation efforts at Foster and McNutt halls.
Video highlights: Leaders took a short pause in their work to offer a glimpse into the project, which includes a detailed inspection and remediation of the heating and air conditioning units within each room.
Update Oct. 15, 7:26 p.m.
Progress was made as part of today’s remediation effort at Foster and McNutt halls.
In addition to the detailed inspection and remediation of the heating and air conditioning units within each room, and the piping system that runs into each unit are being carefully inspected, remediated and cleaned.
Update Oct. 15, 4:58 p.m.
As remediation work continues at Foster and McNutt halls, here are a few numbers to date. Additional information will be posted tomorrow.
- Number of requests to inspect: 420
- Number of rooms inspected: 381
- Number of rooms remediated: 285
- Number of students relocated: 115
Update Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
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. For information regarding moving services for personal items, see the FAQ below.
Update Oct. 15, Noon
As remediation continues at Foster and McNutt halls, students and their families may have questions about how to best clean clothing and bed linens exposed to mold.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recommends normal laundering, ensuring the items are completely dry before removing them from the dryer. Items should not be air dried. For delicate or expensive items, consider using a professional dry cleaning service.
While hot water cycles, baking/washing soda or vinegar will likely remove residual musty odors, they will not kill mold spores. The ISDH further recommended a “sniff test” after washing and drying to determine if the item should be washed again.
Items with visible mold that can’t be washed should be placed in a clear plastic bag provided by RPS at the center desk. The inventory list should be included in the bag, and students should snap a picture of the inventory for their records. Leave the bags at the center desk. Please contact Mitch Druckemiller at email@example.com with your specific reimbursement request.
Update Oct. 15, 10:05 a.m.
A third-party company, escorted by IU employees, wearing uniforms and ID badges are entering several hundred rooms throughout the complexes this week (between the hours of 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.) to conduct the testing.
Each room will take seven to 10 minutes. The teams are knocking, announcing themselves, knocking again and keying-in if no answer. (The workers will not interact with residents, since they will not have any information on remediation efforts.)
Also currently underway: aggressive remediation of every convector unit. Where mold is visible, a ticket will be issued and remediation immediately scheduled. For those rooms where mold was reported as suspected but not visible, cleaning and remediation is already scheduled.
Oct. 14, 7:15 p.m.
This evening, more than 200 students received a message (via their university email account) offering temporary relocation to a secure and furnished floor lounge on a traditional residential floor in either Forest or Eigenmann halls.
Students who have expressed to us they are symptomatic or that their room has been identified as having mold are among those offered this temporary relocation.
Other students with mold identified in their rooms or expressing related concerns will soon receive this temporary relocation notification, as well.
Oct. 14, 5:05 p.m.
As the remediation work continues, McNutt and Foster students will not be charged for use of washing machines and clothes dryers at the residence halls.
Students in McNutt and Foster halls had $100 applied to their Crimson Card on Oct. 13 to cover the laundry machine fees. The credit starts as a $0 balance and will go up as the credit is used.
The free laundry plan will be in effect until further notice and will be monitored over the coming weeks to ensure it is meeting student needs.
Additionally, IU is working to hire a laundry service to further assist students with laundering clothes and bedding. More information about the service will soon be shared on this web site.
Oct. 14, 8:35 a.m.
Remediation on room convectors (heating/air conditioning units) in Foster and McNutt halls will start Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. As the email sent on Oct. 12 detailed, please clear personal items and furnishings, moving 3-4 feet away from the front of the convector, as well as from the windowsill and convector unit itself. Rooms will be covered in plastic during this work and will be HEPA vacuumed multiple times as part of the cleaning and remediation.
Jenkinson will have multiple crews starting on the ground floor at 8 a.m. on Monday, then moving to other floors, covering approximately 30-40 rooms each day.
Magee will be the second building serviced, starting later in the week. Watch for updates here regarding specific start time.
The south section of McNutt will be serviced first in this order, beginning on the first floor and then moving to other floors: Bocobo, Delgado, and DeJoya. Multiple crews will start on the SE wing (Bocobo) of the ground floor moving toward the SS wing (Delgado) and then the SW wing (DeJoya) over the course of the day. Approximately 30-40 rooms will be serviced each day. Updates will be shared here.
The schedule could fluctuate depending on the work crews flow. The work crews will not use student floor restrooms while the work is underway.
Oct. 13, 2018 (12:21 p.m.)
Additional mold spore testing throughout Foster and McNutt is scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 15, by a third party company. Escorted by IU employees, they will wear uniforms, as well as visible ID badges, entering several hundred rooms throughout the complexes this week (between the hours of 9 AM-6 PM) to conduct the testing.
Each room will take 7-10 minutes. The teams will knock, announce themselves, knock again and key-in if no answer. (The workers will not interact with residents, since they will not have any information on remediation efforts.)
Also beginning Monday, aggressive remediation of every convector unit will be conducted. Where mold is visible, a ticket will be issued and remediation immediately scheduled. For those rooms where mold was reported as suspected but not visible, cleaning and remediation is already scheduled.
Remediation efforts are ongoing every day at the residence halls. An outside consultant is conducting mold spore tests and inspecting crawl spaces as part of the remediation effort.
Over the past five weeks, 324 requests for mold inspection have been received at Foster and McNutt halls. During that time, 224 of those rooms were remediated, with mold suspected in an additional 62 (inspections are being scheduled to confirm). Many rooms are scheduled for remediation the week of Oct. 15.
All rooms that were investigated, whether mold was discovered or not, were cleaned and treated out of an abundance of caution.
To date, 35 students have been temporarily relocated.