More students say mold at JCSU is making them sick

More students are coming forward after multiple mold complaints were made at Johnson C. Smith University that are impacting students' health.

"I had two upper respiratory infections," said Deovion Smith, a sophomore at JCSU. "Uncontrollable coughing to the point where I might vomit."

Smith has a black substance under her bed she says is mold. FOX 46 went to see for ourselves, but were told by university police last week that reporters are not permitted on campus.

University officials blame the current mold problem on heavy rain and the two hurricanes from the fall. Smith says she has been reporting mold problems since early 2017. She says her complaints have been ignored.

"We pay so much money, where's the money going?"


Since FOX 46 first reported the story last Thursday, more than half a dozen students and parents have reached out to get results.

JCSU president Clarence D. Armbrister sent a letter to students last week saying the university will deal with the mold over winter break.

Sherri Belfield, the director of communications for JCSU, previously ignored FOX 46's questions about how that process will work and would not comment on Smith's complaints. Belfield previously lashed out at our camera when asked what she would say to students dealing with mold.

Smith says she isn't confident the university will fix the issue. She's hoping to be proven wrong.

"I feel like they don't care about our concerns or maybe the funds aren't there for our concerns."