MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Some students at the University of Minnesota were forced out of their apartments due to moldy dorm rooms.
Students found visible mold in some of the dorms in Frontier Hall at the end of September. The University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety tested 35 rooms and found mold in 18.
They said the mold likely was a result of the high heat and humidity in August, so mold grew in the air conditioning units and spread to the carpet.
The students that were living in those 16 rooms had to be relocated. Frontier Hall resident Sophia Halali says she was surprised by the news.
“I was really shocked because this is one of the newer dorm buildings, and I didn’t ever think there would ever be a health hazard,” Halali said.
Resident Brea Heil was worried that she would have to relocate to another dorm.
“I heard a lot of people that had to move out across to a different campus, so I was kind of worried that I was going to have to do that because they would have to be gone for a couple months,” Heil said.
University officials are in the process of cleaning and disinfecting the rooms. Students should be able to move back in once that’s complete.