EWU students in dormitory to temporarily relocate for inspection and cleaning
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – In an update to a News4JAX I-TEAM investigation, students in a dormitory on the Edward Waters University campus have been asked to temporarily vacate their rooms for the weekend so rooms can be inspected and cleaned.
The I-TEAM first reported Tuesday that several students at the university say the school is not keeping pace with on-campus housing, telling us they are dealing with mold and leaks. The school president says there have been minor issues in the past, but everything has been sorted out and the complaints are over.
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The I-TEAM received a letter from EWU on Friday, which indicates that on Thursday the university was notified by an officer with the City of Jacksonville’s Code Compliance Division that a student filed a formal complaint to the city. The complaint related to faulty conditions and health issues in a room in one of the dorms on campus – Richardson Hall.
Because of this complaint, the administrators write, the university hired ServPro, one of the nation’s experts in disaster recovery, microbial growth, and mold remediation services, to inspect and clean the rooms of a dorm this weekend.
The university’s letter says Richardson Hall students will be moved to Microtel and Residence Inn hotels until Monday.
News4JAX spoke with Tianiya Hall, who is a freshman at Edward Waters University and lives in Richardson Hall. She shared photos of what appears to be mold in her cabinets and under a sink, which she says were taken today.
“I feel good as long as I come back and the mold is gone,” Hall said.
She said she moved into Richardson Hall in August and has suffered from mold ever since.
The letter says students will be required to remove their belongings from cupboards and drawers, place them on their bed and pack all items stored in bathroom and living room cupboards in a box, which the university helped provide. .
The university states, “Removing these items will provide ServPro with access to the entire unit and ensure that we fully service your unit.”
A cleaning company called Sodexo will start on Monday and clean each unit at least twice a day.
The university says in the letter that this is done to protect students. It reads:
“Again, it was not our plan or intention that any of you would have to be moved, however, following the student’s complaint and the officer’s subsequent visit, we believe that it is prudent to take this proactive step to protect our community and the university.
According to the letter, students will be able to return on Monday or before noon. They also receive $150 for food and other expenses.
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