As part of the university’s mold management efforts, the Department of Housing and Residence Life provides the following information about the potential for mold and mildew.

If you see or suspect mold, immediately submit a maintenance request.

Things to Know about Mold

Molds produce allergens, but like other allergen, exposed individuals will respond differently. If you are having symptoms that you believe may be the result of allergens, make an appointment with Student Health Services for an examination.

The EPA reports that “there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way you control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.”

Learn More about Mold from the EPA

Molds are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. This website provides guidance about mold and moisture for homes, schools, multifamily and commercial buildings.

Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

  • Do not open windows while heating or cooling units are operating. This will cause condensation and may contribute to mold growth.
  • Do not place furniture or other items in front of heating and cooling units that can obstruct airflow.
  • Do not place potted plants or any other source of moisture on or around heating and cooling units.
  • Set thermostats no lower than 70 degrees when cooling and no higher than 74 degrees when heating your room. Fans should be set on low speed.
  • Do not leave wet or damp clothes, towels or shoes in closets. Set them on a drying rack until completely dry.
  • Please empty your room and bathroom trash on a regular basis. Do not let it accumulate in your room.
  • Do not use foam mattress pads on your bed. They do not allow air circulation between the pad and our waterproof mattresses.
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Mold and Mildew FAQ