Mold Concern in Residence Halls Update
A Letter From Dave Annis
December 14, 2018
Dear OU Students and Parents,
I want to thank all of our students and parents who have brought concerns to us about mold in the residence halls. The safety and health of our students is paramount, and I’d like to provide an update on the situation since our last communication. The OU Environmental Health and Safety Office brought in an independent lab to do air quality tests in all of our tower residence halls. That testing has shown that the air quality in the buildings and in rooms does contain some mold; however, it is the same mold we are finding outdoors due to the weather and time of year. Further, the mold counts within the tower residence halls are lower than the mold counts naturally occurring outdoors.
We previously found and communicated that cleanliness of air units in the rooms impacts the air flow in the rooms. Any blocking of the vents inside the room can also impact air flow. In October, Facilities Management began cleaning air units and bathroom air vents in every room, making sure they work efficiently and that each room has optimal air flow. Facilities Management will be cleaning two floors each day of winter break and expect all cleanings to be completed by mid to late January.
I encourage students to continue to turn in maintenance requests for any concerns and issues that they have.
David L. Annis
Director, Housing and Food Services