Students being relocated after mold is found in WKU dorm

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Over 348 students are being relocated from Minton Hall at WKU to another dorm after an investigation revealed high levels of mold at the dorm.

A resident of Minton Hall, Haylee Hood expressed her discontent.
"There's just mold everywhere," she said. "It's really disappointing and frustrating.

"It's frustrating that I've had to spend my entire day today packing all of my stuff up my parents both have full-time jobs so they can't come help me move like they could this summer," added Amanda Langford.

13 News spoke with WKU and the university says they inspected and cleaned every dorm like they usually do.

Bob Skipper, Director of Media Relations says the school "did total cleaning of the rooms, took apart the HV systems cleaned them and put in some new filtration after we completed that work at Minton Hall the levels weren't where we wanted them to be on the mold count."

Skipper adds, "This is an unusual step; this is the first time in 30 years that I've been here that we've had to close a residence hall in the middle of the semester to take some kind of action so this is not taken lightly. We feel this is a necessary move and we know it's disruptive for the students, we are doing our best to make it as easy on them as possible."

Some of the residents at Minton were not even aware there was mold in the dorm until they heard others talk about it.

"I didn't even notice it until people started talking about where other people had found mold. So I checked my room and found it under my mattress... it grossed me out," says Megan McCormick.

Skipper also spoke on why they need to relocate students right away.

"We discovered because of the unique configuration of the building to remediate the mold issue we would have to remove the drop ceiling and remove it with something else that can't be done when the students are in there the building has to be unoccupied while that work takes place."

"We ask for patience and understanding and we ask for the students if they have concerns to let us know," added Skipper."

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