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Air Quality Updates

A Message for All WKU Residents


November 8, 2018

Yesterday, WKU announced the decision to temporarily close Minton Hall and relocate students to another housing assignment on campus. Our first and foremost concern is the health and well-being of our students.  While the test results from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety have shown that the mold spores are common environmental mold, out of an abundance of caution, WKU Housing & Residence Life has determined that it is in the best interest of Minton residents to perform thorough maintenance and cleaning in every living space and all mechanical spaces. We recognize that the continual maintenance and cleaning has inconvenienced our students. The unique mechanical structures within Minton Hall will require us to remove the ceilings in order to appropriately remediate the building. Therefore, the building must be unoccupied. It is necessary to close the building through winter break. Students will have the option to move back into Minton Hall beginning Friday, January 18, 2019.  

You or your floor may have a Minton resident joining you, and we know that in true Hilltopper spirit, you will welcome them and make them feel at home, please talk to your RA, Hall Director, or other HRL staff member if you have concerns. Assignments were made in all residence halls, so for the rest of the semester, all halls will have free laundry so that all our displaced students will be able to quickly and easily launder their belongings after the move.

Reports of mold in other residence halls have been isolated. Other residence halls are not being closed at this time because the configuration of these buildings allows easier access for maintenance crews to address any issues.  We will continue to address maintenance issues as they are reported to us.

If you believe there is an issue in your residence hall room, please visit your front desk or contact WKU Housing & Residence Life at 270-745-3143 in addition to completing a maintenance request at www.wku.edu/housing/maintenance or by texting “WKUDFM” to 82257.

Excessive moisture, both inside and outside, is a contributing factor to the presence of mold.  Some steps you can take to reduce moisture in your room are:

Keep room temperature set at a regular, moderate temperature to keep moisture levels low. 
The temperature on each room air unit can be set by using the thermostat under the cover plate that flips open. It is not recommended to fluctuate between extreme temperatures or to regularly turn the unit on/off.

  • Keep windows
    Opening windows introduces more moisture into the room, again providing a good environment for mold to grow.
  • Wipe up excess moisture.
    Dropping temperatures squeeze moisture from the air, causing condensation, or drops of water, to form on surfaces such as windows and desktops. Cleaning these areas with a dry cloth removes the moisture.
  • Keep the area in front of air unit open.  
    HVAC systems are designed to remove moisture from the air during the cooling season, but blocking the unit with furniture, clothing, etc., prevents the air from circulating and the unit from doing its job.
  • Frequently clean room and wipe down air unit with disinfectant wipes
    The buildup of dust can contribute to allergens in the air and can cause issues with the air unit.

 

Questions and Future Updates

If you have questions, please reply to this email or call WKU Housing & Residence Life at (270)745-3143. We will continue to update you via email and at the Air Quality website.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we take this necessary action to provide a premiere living learning environment. All of our actions have been guided by the values of health, safety, academic progress, and transparency.  We will continue to support each student as they pursue your academic goals. We hope that this action will end the disruption, and knowing the strength of the Hilltopper Spirit, you will rise to the challenge and we will do everything in our power to assist and support you.

- WKU Housing & Residence Life


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