Discovery of mold in some residence halls of Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, prompted the management to inspect around 500 rooms in September.
Vanderbilt’s senior director of housing operations, Jim Kramka, said that the presence of mold was reported in some old buildings which were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, making them particularly vulnerable to mold during humid seasons.
According to Kramka, shortly after the students moved-in in August, they started reporting the presence of mold and mildew in the rooms. The cleaning crews were then directed to sweep through every room.
The mold was usually found in the air-conditioning units. The crews cleaned up the areas, treated the surfaces to prevent further mold growth and when required, helped the students to clean their clothing as well.
Kramka confirmed that the mold was not harmful. “These are environmental molds…It wouldn’t be something I would call an emergency.”