Rick Bradley, associate director of the Department of Housing and Residential Education, said the mold was unexpected because the current HVAC system was installed as part of Morrison’s renovation in 2006.
“It isn’t a dated system where one would expect that,” he said.
Morrison resident Matt Wotus was one of the students who submitted a maintenance request. He said beginning in the fall semester, he noticed a dusty substance coming out of the air vent in his room.
“When I came back from winter break, my bed was covered in whatever was spewing out,” Wotus said. “It was just an annoyance.”
Wotus said several people came to investigate his request, and one of them expressed concern.
On Thursday, an email was sent to all Morrison residents in anticipation of this process. The email emphasized that all cleaning would take place during the day.
“He never got back to me. I guess that email this morning was getting back to me,” Wotus said. “I found out this morning that it was mold.”
Beginning Tuesday, all vents will be cleaned and new filters will be installed. This will require Facilities Services to spend 15 minutes in all rooms in the building. Bradley said this step of the process is expected to take four days.