CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 Charlotte) - A local university is responding after students claim a mold problem is so bad, it's giving them nose bleeds. App users click here for embed content.
In a letter addressed to students, the president of Johnson C. Smith University says he is pledging to fix the mold problems impacting students living in campus housing. Students who spoke to FOX 46 say they don't believe it.
"They hadn't started checking for mold until [FOX 46] came here and said something," said Destiny Frazier, a sophomore at JCSU.
Students are living, saying the school has ignored their concerns about the growing mold problem on campus.
"Mold everywhere. They tell us to keep on the air but I mean, it's getting cold outside. We need to have the heat and that's just going to make it worse."
"On my hallway, it's probably about five or six rooms that have mold in them. I just see girls moving their stuff like, 'girl where you going?' and they're like, 'girl it's mold in my room,'" said Nydiyah Johnson, a sophomore.
When FOX 46 brought students to meet with school administrators, Sheri Belfield, director of communications and marketing, hit and grabbed the camera.
Clarence D. Armbrister, president of JCSU, said in his letter to students that "it is unacceptable that any student should live in a potentially unhealthy environment." Armbrister says every dorm will be inspected for mold over winter break and the university will be "proactively and aggressively identify and rectify the root cause" of the mold problem. App users click here to see the letter.
He went on to call this a "challenging time in the life of JCSU.
Students would agree.
"Other than academics, safety should be one of the school's top concerns," said Timothy Burless, freshman class president. "Right now I'm just very disappointed in our university and the mold that's being spread around campus."