CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 12: Students move out of dorm rooms on Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard University on March 12, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students have been asked to move out of their dorms by March 15 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk. All classes will be moved online for the rest of the spring semester.
In the past few years, things have seemed to go from bad to worse when it comes to college students and their problems. When you head off to college, the joy and excitement of being on your own for the first time and moving into a dorm can be so exciting. But for some students across the state, there has been an even bigger issue to face… MOLD! The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina is calling it “Mold U.”
According to a recent report done by the Post and Courier, over the past two years, South Carolina college students have faced over 2,000 possible cases of mold in their dorms. These cases have led to many college students becoming sicker and sicker while trying to enjoy their on-campus living. According to the report, students have reported seeing mold on their desks, mattresses, couches, and even in their personal belongings. From seeing the fungi grow on their baseboards to in the air vents, the mold has seemed to take over for some of these college students.
Students have experienced mold at schools across the state such as Clemson University, Coastal Carolina, Winthrop University, South Carolina State, and more. There have even been instances of death with students having trouble breathing, but no strict reports to determine whether the mold complaints in their buildings led to their death. Mold has been a major issue on campuses in the last few years and students are getting fed up. Head to the Post and Courier to read the full investigation and learn more about the issue.