What South Carolina college has mold? Uncovered

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The Citadel

Location: Charleston

Enrollment (rounded): 2,300

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After a newsworthy mold outbreak in 2017, The Citadel installed dehumidifiers in every cadet’s room.

The school said temperature sensors had been improperly placed in rooms, creating unneeded moisture problems — and mold. According to the college, 16 mold cases have been reported by The Citadel since 2020. Most appeared to be minor cases in bathrooms and under sinks.

College of Charleston

Location: Charleston

Enrollment (rounded): 11,000

College of Charleston had the second-highest tally of complaints among South Carolina’s public higher education institutions, with 422 reports during the past two years.

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Housing officials said 119 of those reports were “founded,” meaning staff found mold present. All the rest were cases where students mistakenly believed mold was rust or dust.

McAlister Hall received the most complaints with 108 of the 422. 37 of those were confirmed. McAlister hall, which has more than 500 beds and is currently being renovated, is one of the largest dorms at campus. Berry Hall received 91 mold reports. The university also confirmed 30 of them. College Lodge had 28 mold reports, five of which were founded.

Kelly house had 52 reports, and 23 cases were founded. Repair records from the building show the difficulties of identifying and eliminating mold rooms. A private contractor conducted an inspection of the building in October 2021 and found that there was cladosporium buildup in the air ducts. This problem wasn’t fixed by previous cleanings. Mold also was found on walls, cabinets and windows.

College officials spent more than $78,000 on

contractors and inspectors during the past two years, records show.mold remediationCoastal Carolina

Location: Conway

Enrollment (rounded): 10,400

Coastal Carolina had at least 220 mold-related complaints during the past two years spread across a campus with about 4,600 beds.

Blue Ridge, Ingle Hall, Piedmont Hall and Eaglin Hall saw the most mold complaints.

Said one Blue Ridge resident: “Everyone in my room is experiencing symptoms of black mold. They are disgusting, I discovered after looking into our air vents. Students have posted comments on social media about mold and the “coastal cough,” generating tens of thousands of views.

Steve Harrison, CCU’s vice president for auxiliary services, said the university works with a company to test for potential microbial growth in all residence halls at least twice a year.


Location: Clemson

Enrollment (rounded): 26,400

Clemson had more than 320 reports related to mold during the past two years, with its Lightsey Bridge 1 and 2 complex leading the pack with nearly 70 cases, followed by Calhoun Courts with 36.

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Francis Marion University

Location: Florence

Enrollment (rounded): 4,300

Francis Marion manages nearly 600 housing units on its campus. According to university records, there were 184 mold complaints in the school’s past two years. Sample:

“BLACK MOLD!” In bathroom. It is a problem that affects our allergies. Mold is growing in my carpet, on my ceiling and around my air vent. “

  • ” Hello, I found mold in my closet. I am allergic to mold. It has even got on a pair of my shoes.”
  • University spokesman John Sweeney said all mold issues were handled by the university’s maintenance staff, and that they involved “surface level cleanings.”
  • The university didn’t hire outside companies to address mold, he said. The school sees roughly twice as many mold reports during the fall semester than the spring, work orders show.

Furman University

Location: GreenvilleEnrollment (rounded): 2,600

News reports in 2021 described how several Furman students were affected by mold exposures, including one who said she ended up in a hospital because of a reaction. Independent inspectors found very little mold, but the school said that they had not been able to find it.

The Paladin was the school’s newspaper. 26 people lived in an apartment block when a reporter surveyed them. Twenty of them reported visible mold.

School officials informed The Post and Courier that six dormitories had suffered mold problems in the past two years. The school said it spent $18,302 for cleaning services, which ranged from wiping down surfaces to cleaning duct work.

Students caused most issues, officials said, by not correctly setting thermostats or by failing to run bathroom vent fans.

Winthrop University

Location: Rock Hill

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Enrollment (rounded): 5,200

Winthrop had more than 270 reports of mold in dorm rooms over the past two years, highlighting the challenge of keeping up older buildings.

Examples of what maintenance crews documented:

From January 2022 in Courtyard: “Resident in bedroom B states that there is mold growing from their air vent in the bedroom, which is causing an allergic reaction. Lee Wicker Hall, August 2020: “One bed has mold growing on. “

From Richardson, February 2021: “There’s visible mildew growth in the ceiling space above the resident’s bed. The resident continues to have health problems. “

  • University officials stated that Richardson (and Wofford), two halls constructed in the mid-1960s have been closed as part a campus revitalization program. These buildings will be demolished, and new ones built. Those older dorms house more than 760 beds.
  • James Grigg, associate vice president for facilities management, said the state’s “hot and humid summers cause many challenges to institutions as they maintain indoor air environments,” along with old HVAC or ventilation units.
  • University of South Carolina branch campuses

Locations: Aiken, Beaufort-area, Spartanburg

When first asked for mold-related documents, USC-Aiken (3,500 students, rounded) initially demanded that The Post and Courier pay nearly $3,700 to fulfill an open records request. After the newspaper narrowed the scope of its request, the university said it had five documented mold complaints during the past two years.

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg (6,000 students, rounded) reported 16 mold cases.

USC-Beaufort (2,000 students, rounded) reported 31 across its three campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. There are several examples of student complaints:

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg (6,000 students, rounded) reported 16 cases across its three campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. My pillow that I had on my desk was destroyed by mold. Mold in the bathroom. My roommate is allergic to mold. “

” There is black mold in the ceiling above the shower. I have asthma. This is why I can’t be there. “

Morris College

  • Location: Sumter
  • Enrollment (rounded): 400
  • John Harrell, a Charleston attorney, said his experience suing this private college in Sumter opened his eyes to what he believes is a national crisis.

He filed a lawsuit in late 2017 alleging that moldy dorms sickened students. According to the suit, school officials should have warned students about moldy dorms and ignored student pleas for help.

The school sought damages of $55 million — quite a large amount for such a small school. Harrell stated that he only asked for the $55 million in damages as a wake up call.

He claimed Morris officials treated the situation “as though it never happened here.” Leroy Staggers, the college president, stated that the school had resolved its mold problems.

He also said that it hired a mold contractor in order to clean up campus buildings. The school also trained and certified its five maintenance staffers to address mold outbreaks.

In 2020, Morris students and administrators settled the lawsuit — for an undisclosed amount.

Overall, Harrell said he was left feeling that mold would emerge as a major source of litigation. “One of the most fascinating parts of the case was the fact that other schools approached us and said, ‘Us too.’ I truly believe mold is widespread and affects thousands.

Bruce Millers of The (Sumter) Item contributed this report.

Mold in SC college dorms triggered hundreds of complaints | Mold

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Mold in SC college dorms triggered hundreds of complaints | Mold


South Carolina college students faced at least 2,400 possible cases of mold in their dorms during the past two years, a crush of complaints and repairs that highlight a growing local and national problem: college living spaces that make students sick.

In complaint after complaint, students said moldy dorms triggered asthma attacks and allergies, a new Post and Courier-led Uncovered investigation found.

Students said they found mold on their desks, mattresses, couches and even their hats. They saw mushrooms grow from their baseboards and above their heads. They discovered that filters and grates were caked in black mold. The place is awful now,” a student in Clemson University’s Lightsey Bridge complex told school officials in October 2021.

“Everyone in my room is experiencing symptoms of black mold,” a student at Coastal Carolina University’s Ingle Hall reported in September 2021.

“Black mold is actively growing, covering the ceiling, the window, and now the bed frames,” a student in Winthrop University’s Richardson Hall told the school in August 2020.

The stakes are high — for students who live with mold and universities responsible for providing safe housing. Molds can cause a variety of health issues, including allergies and asthma. Symptoms of mold exposure often mimic those from other illnesses, creating medical mysteries.

One mystery lingers over South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Amya Carr, 21 years old, was a senior in spring. She majored in communications and was co-captain for the Champagne Dancers, the university’s dance troupe. She was athletic and trim but also suffered from asthma. Her mother said that her asthma got worse while she was in her dorm. Records show that 32 mold complaints were filed at her dorm. These reports included minor concerns about mold in showers. Others believed mold was more widespread. Carr developed difficulty breathing in April 2010. Carr had trouble breathing and classmates rushed her to the hospital but it was too late. According to a report by campus police, she died from fluid in her lungs. According to records, neither SC State nor Orangeburg County had investigated the possibility that mold was involved. Sam Watson, the university’s spokesperson, stated that the school cannot discuss Carr’s passing, but that he pointed out that no one from Carr’s suite had filed any mold complaints.

Mya Carr, 21 years old, died of an apparent asthma attack in her South Carolina State University dorm. Provided

After Carr’s death, The Post and Courier obtained more than 3,700 pages of mold-related complaints and expenses over the past two years from South Carolina’s public residential colleges and universities.

The newspaper teamed up with its Uncovered partners, a collaboration of local newspapers across South Carolina that explores questionable government conduct. The Uncovered team worked alongside Daily Gamecock journalists from the University of South Carolina as well as a journalist from The Tiger at Clemson University. College newspapers are known for reporting on mold outbreaks first. The report includes the analysis of work orders and interviews with students, administrators, and health professionals. Among the findings:

The University of South Carolina has no system in place to efficiently track mold-related complaints.

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When the Uncovered collaboration asked USC for public records about mold, the school responded with a $12,500 invoice to produce these documents. Clemson and the College of Charleston were quick to respond and offered free information. The bill was eventually reduced to $1,800 by USC officials. The reduction was made after officials at USC admitted that they had to go through each work order individually to find mold complaints.

This inefficient system makes identifying mold-prone dorms more difficult for the state’s largest higher education institution.

Elected leaders and school officials have kicked the maintenance can down the road for decades.

Colleges and universities nationwide face an estimated $112 billion maintenance and repair backlog, a massive deferral of work that contributed to mold outbreaks. According to a new database from Post and Courier, South Carolina has a $661 million backlog. This is a huge deferral of work that contributed to mold outbreaks. Last year, students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., were so fed up they camped outside their dorms in tents.

Frustration over mold led to expensive lawsuits, here and across the nation.

Examples: Parents of a University of Maryland student sued after their daughter died in a mold-ridden dorm. The University of Indiana students filed a lawsuit which resulted in renovations and reimbursements of hundreds of thousands of dollars to students. In South Carolina, a group of students at Morris College in Sumter filed a $55 million class action lawsuit alleging that dorms there made them sick.

School officials here downplayed students’ concerns.

Housing officials interviewed for this story said their maintenance crews do the best they can to beat back mold outbreaks. They discussed the difficulties of managing thousands of students in aging buildings and their tight budgets. They also mentioned that many mold cases were due to students’ poor habits. Students mistakenly thought mold was dust. They may have had allergies before moving to a new location. And they said students and parents often overreact, especially when students post complaints on social media.

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Each represents newsworthy mold reports at colleges and universities since 2018. To read more, click on the

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to read more. It is clear that mold is making students miserable. Kayra Rice from Francis Marion University in Florence was affected by mold in her bathroom during her sophomore year.

Over the next week, her allergies got worse. One day, Rice felt her throat close up. Xavier Martin/The Daily Gamecock

During her sophomore year in 2020, Rice noticed mold growing in the bathroom she shared with her roommates.

“We tried to get rid of the mold, doing research, cleaning, leaving the door open to reduce the moisture,” she recalled. Rice said, “But it kept coming back.”

All told, USC had at least 840 mold-related reports during the past two years, a review of more than 1,400 work orders shows.

A student on the campus of The University of South Carolina away from Capstone House on Oct. 18, 2022. John A. Carlos II/ Special to The Post and Courier

Kendall Gthrie was also one of them. After winter break, she took a crash course on mold effects. She is a fourth year public health student. That’s when she found black mold throughout her room in Capstone, an 18-story dorm built in the late-1960s that houses 610 students.

“There was mold all over my pillows, mold all over my wall, mold all over my bed,” Guthrie told The Daily Gamecock for this report.

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At first, Guthrie tried to clean the mold herself with spray she bought from a store — not realizing that the spores could spread. Guthrie stated that she felt worse the next day. Guthrie stated that she called FIXX the university’s maintenance department over and over.

Look carefully, and you will see a mushroom growing from the ceiling in a hallway in Capstone, January 2021. Kendall Guthrie, fourth-year public health student, found the mold after returning from winter break. Photo provided by Kendall Guthrie.


Not only was her room covered in mold, but black mold blotches blossomed on the ceiling in the hallway. And then, so did a mushroom, she said.

Guthrie’s and Rice’s experiences weren’t outliers, the Uncovered collaboration found.

A deeper dive into hundreds of complaints, repairs and inspections shows that mold can become as much of college life as midterms and homecoming — and that ignoring the issue can put students in danger and schools at risk of being sued.

Inspectors hired by Lander University found mold under bedding in Chipley Hall. Provided.

‘Silent Killer’

A bit of background helps. Mold can be used to refer to many types of fungi. Mildew is often used to refer to mold that grows on hard surfaces such as windowsills or shower stalls. Cladosporium, a brown-colored and black mold found both inside and outside of the home, is also known as Cladosporium. Aspergillus, stachybotrys and other blackish strains are also available. Penicillium has a blue-green tint and an uncanny ability to knock out bacteria, which is why we use it to make penicillin.

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No matter their tint, most strains grow best in dark and damp areas like their fungal cousins, mushrooms and yeasts. Scientists have known for centuries that many mold strains can make people miserable.

More recently, researchers have estimated that between 3 to 10 percent of the general population is allergic to mold. Mycotoxins are also produced by molds. Aspergillus, a common strain found on the coast, can produce a mycotoxin called aflatoxin, a known carcinogen.

“Some people are allergic to it, and some are poisoned by it,” said William Weirs, a doctor with the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine in North Charleston.

Weirs said he believes it’s the mycotoxins that create the brain fog and weakened immune systems his office has seen in hundreds of patients over the years.

He recalled the case of a student from the Charleston area who had a full athletic scholarship to a college in Virginia. Her condition worsened. Her parents began to suspect mold.

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“They basically badgered the school into drilling a hole through the wall and going in with a camera,” he said.

“She was breathing in trace amounts of what amounted to a chemical weapons agent.”

The school moved her to another room, and she soon recovered, he said.

“It’s a silent killer,” said Anindya Chanda, a former University of South Carolina researcher who now heads a startup focusing on toxic mold chemistry.

Mold affects people in many different ways, he said. One person might not feel a thing, but the person’s roommate might end up wheezing and coughing.

“The bad part is that you don’t have any prominent symptoms like you have with COVID,” he said. Mold can weaken your immune system. The mold tries to colonize you, and your body fights back. And then you get infected with other things.”

Lander University found mold in at least 46 rooms during an inspection of Chipley Hall in late 2021. Inspectors discovered mold in at least 46 rooms during an inspection of Chipley Hall in late 2021. This photo was included in one of the inspection reports obtained by The Post and Courier.

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In plain sight

To better understand mold’s impact on South Carolina college students, the Uncovered collaboration sought complaints, tests and work orders from 12 of the state’s largest public universities. The state’s Freedom of Information Act makes these documents available to the public.

The Uncovered collaboration also requested similar documents and statistics from 15 other private universities. Except for Furman University, those requests were ignored or declined.

But the publicly available data was revealing.

Over the past two years, universities logged at least 2,400 mold-related cases, with USC’s 840 reports leading the pack. One USC housing official stated that she was shocked by the large number of mold-related cases. USC had 422 complaints while College of Charleston had 321 and Clemson had 321 complaints. Winthrop, Rock Hill, had more than 220 reports north of

. Coastal Carolina in Conway had 229 and Francis Marion 184 cases, respectively.

Some of these cases turned out to have mold-related issues, like dust or stains. Some mold outbreaks were also discovered after initial inspections found nothing. The university consultant visited Chipley Hall in October 2021 and discovered a tiny amount of mold in one of the shared bathrooms. The consultant recommended “routine housekeeping”. A month later, he inspected another room and found “little definitive evidence” of mold growth.

In December, a university employee became concerned that the dorm hadn’t been properly aired after the carpets had been steam cleaned. They discovered a horrifying display.

Photos of the inspections showed blackish mold in the air vents and fuzzy white fungi crawling under the mattresses. In all, 46 rooms were affected, records show. According to records, 46 rooms were affected by mold. The school informed The (Greenwood] Index-Journal (an Uncovered partner) that the mold was removed.

Inspectors discovered mold in a utility room at Clemson University’s Lightsey Bridge II student residence hall complex. Clemson/Provided

‘Kept coming back’

For students, mold outbreaks add an unnecessary layer of stress that can disrupt their studies, or worse.

At USC, Mary Blaschke found mold covering her bathroom when she moved into Capstone House as a freshman in August 2020.

Blaschke said she bleached the bathtub and the shower over and over. The mold continued to return. It reached the ceiling tiles outside her door. Blaschke and her roommate started to grow mushrooms. Blaschke and her roommate used their suite-mates’ door to avoid walking under the fungi.

Blaschke and other people on her floor soon felt ill, symptoms that they thought were related to mold, including fatigue and coughing fits.

“Every time I would come home for the weekend, I would feel magically better,” Blaschke said. Blaschke said that he would feel “magically better” the next time he returned to Clemson.

Bennett Brooks, a sophomore at Thornhill Village, stated that he had felt lethargic for several months and was convinced it was allergies.

He told The (Clemson Tiger) Tiger about the report. “I cleared out all the vents, got a dehumidifier and it disappeared in three days,” he said.

College of Charleston had more than 250 dehumidifiers on campus in 2018. The facilities department couldn’t empty them all, so there were many. That left students and faculty tending to them, sometimes two or three times a day.columbiaMax Milliken was one such student.

During his freshman year in 2019, Milliken was excited to land a room in College Lodge, a dorm along bustling Calhoun Street. The converted motel has a retro look and an exterior mural by Shepard Fairey. However, Milliken’s humid room required a dehumidifier to be used every five to six hours. Because of his work schedules and school schedules, Milliken and his roommate couldn’t empty the rooms fast enough. He said that if they left them unattended for even a few minutes, condensation would form on the walls. Sometimes, their posters fell onto the floor. His roommate, Hurricane Dorian, struck Charleston and caused severe water damage. His roommate got sick again.

The university moved them from their home to Craig Hall. Craig Hall also has a history with mold. He fell ill again, as did his roommate.

“I tried to smile, but you can see my hair was messed up, I was pale and hadn’t slept for a while.”

Milliken said the university eventually moved them to a temporary room in McAlister Hall. McAlister’s dorm was a long-standing petri dish.

Mold in Clemson dorm utility closet next to student rooms

Built 2002, McAlister quickly developed persistent moisture problems. The school’s facilities director called McAlister’s air conditioning system “a wreck” in 2006. It was so poor that the university is currently renovating it for $32 million. The college is also suing developers and contractors of the building, claiming design and construction defects. The lawsuit’s targets are punching back with allegations that the college failed to properly maintain the dorm.

Lawsuit or not, the school has received a chorus of mold complaints about McAlister — 108 since 2020, records show.

Milliken and his roommate moved back to his parents’ house on James Island. Milliken stated that mold had a negative impact on academic performance for everyone. “And the way housing handled it was abhorrent.”

Construction crews work on the College of Charleston’s McAlister Hall, one of its largest dorms Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. The dorm was built just 20 years ago and has suffered from chronic moisture problems for many years. Students reported over 100 mold-related problems in the dorms during the last two years. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

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‘Lurch toward crisis’

Amid this backdrop, officials in charge of residence halls have their own headaches — a massive maintenance backlog that an industry journal recently described as “a slow lurch toward crisis.”


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In South Carolina and across the nation, many campus buildings were built during two waves.

The first was in the 1960s and 1970s, when Baby Boomers enrolled in record numbers. According to a report from Gordian and APPA (two education industry groups), many structures were built cheaply, with poor craftsmanship. The second wave occurred in the 2000s, when the children of the Baby Boomers reached adulthood. Universities were looking for mega donors to build new dorms, student centers, and libraries. These amenities are what attract top students and increase their rankings. This boom continued through the Great Recession, when state lawmakers axed funding for higher education institutions.

Today, schools have an estimated $112 billion repair and maintenance backlog, the Gordian and APPA study found. This backlog can be seen in South Carolina universities’ work orders: air conditioning systems that aren’t functioning properly, dirty filters and bathroom exhaust fans. All of these can lead to mold and moisture problems. The College of Charleston has 3.8 million square feet of built space, which is twice the size of the New York World Trade Center. The oldest structure on the College of Charleston dates back to 1778.


Hall is located on the University of South Carolina campus. John A. Carlos I/Special To The Post and Courier

Mold or no, maintaining old buildings and large areas is a challenge that must be dealt with, said Cliff Hamilton, director for environmental health and safety.

And older buildings are more susceptible to mold outbreaks. An Uncovered analysis of USC work orders revealed that three of the older dorms, Capstone,

Hall, and South Tower, had the highest number of mold complaints. There is definitely a relationship there. There is definitely a relationship.

She also admitted that mold complaints are not easily tracked by university computer systems. Kennedy acknowledged that their computer systems don’t readily track mold complaints. “Yeah. We should be able push a button [to pinpoint mold patterns], but right now, we can’t,” Rod Howell, USC director of facility operations, stated. He is echoing the sentiments of his colleagues at other schools.

We have a large campus with 7,000 rooms so there is a lot of work. He stated that crews are equipped with a lot of equipment, including meters to measure moisture and thermal imaging cameras that can detect moisture behind walls.

Mold is “a serious concern for students and their families,” Stephen Harrison, vice-president of auxiliary enterprises at Coastal Carolina. “What I want desperately is for the reader to understand that none these colleges or universities will be like “Oh, they don’t care.” We all want our students to have a safe and successful experience while they are here.

Mold found behind a Capstone House bed during spring 2022. Leah Camilli, second-year criminal justice student, was sick throughout her freshman year. She only discovered the square foot mold behind her bed when she moved out. Photo: Courtesy of Leah Camili via The Daily Gamecock.


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Yet while many housing officials spoke about their diligence in handling mold complaints, they also talked at length about how students and parents were a big part of the problem. They said social media ginned up people’s interest in mold, prompting what they thought were overreactions.

At Clemson, the school’s Lightsey Bridge complex had 69 mold reports during a roughly two-year period, the most of any of the school’s dorms. Three university housing officials stated that the “contributing factor” was that a resident bought a mold test kit and shared its results on social media. This generated a number of false mold reports, they said, adding that they consider mold kits to be unreliable.

Lightsey Bridge II in Clemson. Caitlin Herrington/Staff

Graphic: Mold in South Carolina colleges

Officials at other schools said some students get overly anxious about a bit of mold on a shower, a normal occurrence in a bathroom, and especially in sweatbox states in the South. Or they may have pre-existing allergies that get worse because they’ve moved to a new environment.

Echoing other officials, Morris said most mold-related outbreaks could be traced to the students themselves. “If you don’t do basic housekeeping, mold will grow.”

Black mold was found on the ceiling in a Capstone House hallway in January 2021. Since August 2020, more than 130 mold-related maintenance requests for Capstone rooms have been received. Photo: Courtesy of Kendall Guthrie via The Daily Gamecock.

Sunlight disinfects

Talk to college housing officials and you’ll hear a hint of weariness in their voices. Interviews with them revealed the complexity of the problem: how mold can affect different people, how it is found everywhere, and how to prevent future problems.

Sunlight disinfects

But these comments are stark in contrast to hundreds of mold reports submitted by students. Anindya Chanda was a mold expert and a former USC professor. In 2015, seven students signed up for a course on mold. He said that the course attracted 80 students four years later. There was lots of interest. Interest from students and housing officials — and even state government.columbiaFor a time, he worked closely with USC housing department staff on mold problems. He was once called the “mold detective” by an internal publication at USC. He was part of a 2019 legislative panel that recommended a statewide mold education campaign. He was also aware of the sensitive nature of mold concerns among university officials.

columbiaHe has since moved to North Carolina where his company works with other universities on mold issues.

For students, interviews for this report revealed mixed feelings. Max Milliken, a College of Charleston student, was outraged by mold problems at the college. We don’t even take photos of mold here. He said that he was so used to seeing mold in the dorms that he doesn’t take pictures.

Kayra Rice’s move from Francis Marion’s mold-ridden dorm at Francis Marion to USC turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her.columbiaShe settled in Thornhill dorm at USC, which has only had a few mold complaints. “My life is so much better now.” “My life is so much better now.”

But she worries about her roommates at her first college, the ones who had to stay in the dorm that made her feel so ill, the ones left behind.

About this report

Nicole Ziege, Zharia Jeffies, Nathaniel Cary, Avery Wilks


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from The (Clemson), also contributed.

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Oviedo School air quality and mold issues – Parents – WFTV

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Parents say there are mold, air quality issues at Oviedo school – WFTV


OVIEDO, Fla. — Parents and teachers at a Seminole County elementary school are demanding answers about potential mold and air quality in the school’s portables.

“These conditions are not OK,” one parent said.


Parents and teachers said the problems are piling up at Evans Elementary School in Oviedo.

“These children deserve better, as do these teachers,” another parent said.

The school moved the students out of portable classrooms last month after complaints to the district about health issues some students were having.

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Teachers said the air quality in those portables has been an ongoing issue for years that keeps getting covered up.

Teachers and parents packed a school board meeting Tuesday night to address the ongoing issue.

Parent Krysten Bair said her young son has been having health issues after spending weeks in those portables.

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“The concerns of mold and humidity appear to be taking a back seat to the school’s public image at this point,” Bair said.

Bair started complaining to the principal, then to the district last month after the temperature in the portables reached into the mid-80s. On Sept. 23, students were moved out of the portables into the main building until the air conditioning and air quality issues are fixed, but Bair said that led to another problem.

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“Our solution to air quality issues and broken AC units is to put 40 kids in a classroom. This is unfair to teachers. This is unfair to students. It’s unfair to students. We’re still waiting for a response.

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Costco Recalls Kirkland’s Pine Nut Hummus Spread because of Mold

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Costco Recalls Kirkland's Pine Nut Hummus Spread Due to Mold


Costco is a haven of fire food court grub and cult-fave products (hello, the Kirkland tequila), but next time you swing by the retail superstore for your weekly grocery haul, you might want to skip the hummus–or at least pick a new brand.

According to Food Safety News, Costco is recalling one of its hummus products due to mold. The Kirkland Signature Pine nut Hummus has been removed from the shelves.

The company sent a letter to its members stating that they have found mold problems on the pine nuts topping. According to reports, the products were sold between September 21st and October 18.

The brand’s Pine Nut spread should have the code date “Best Before NOV 26, 2022” at the top. Costco will refund the full amount. You can return the product directly to Costco for a full refund.

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South Carolina’s Karson Hobbs fits the mold of SEC Corner

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South Carolina Commit Karson Hobbs Fits Mold of SEC Corner


Corner is a very difficult position in football, especially in SEC. Recruits must meet various prerequisites before even landing on the radar of high-major coaches.

Therefore, it’s easy to tell when you are watching someone that can make an impact at the next level. South Carolina corner commit Karson Hobbs is a junior in high school yet already has the skill set of a seasoned veteran.

Hobbs fails from Cincinnati, Ohio, a hotbed for football talent. He has been matched up with legitimate playmakers every week and often looks like the best player in the field.

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