It's moving day, again, for 270 UofL students


by Johnny Archer

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 2:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's moving day, again, for 270 University of Louisville students asked to vacate their rooms after officials detected high levels of mold spores in their dorm.

“It’s been very hectic trying to move out by a certain time,” Jazmine Downing said.

Downing is a freshman nursing student at U of L and cannot live in Miller Hall anymore because of an unhealthy amount of mold found in the building.

Thursday, students packed their bags, and packed their cars, between busy class schedules.

“I’m moving things between classes and trying to get everything out by tomorrow,” freshman nursing student McKenna Ratliff said.

After Friday, students will not be allowed to live in Miller Hall for the remainder of the semester.  Students have been assigned to live in nearby hotels or upperclassman student apartments, which include The Bellamy, The Province or Cardinal Towne.

But, several students said they had problems moving into Province Thursday Morning, including one student whose father took off from work to help his daughter move.

The University Provost responded to the problem.

“Apparently, Province is not quite ready for them yet,” Shirley Willihnganz said. “So, we are working with the Province to get that worked out. The other places, they seem to be able to move in without difficulties.”

Even with all the problems, many of the first year students who lived in Miller Hall said they are excited to move into upperclassman housing.

“It’s exciting and a wonderful experience,” Downing said. “I’m a freshman and I get to live in Cardinal Towne.

University officials said no other dorms will be closed, but there is a possibility that rooms in other dorms have high levels of mold. They said those rooms will be cleaned and students in those rooms might have to move out for one or two days.

Officials would not confirm which dorms might be unhealthy and they hope to have a more definitive answer in two to three days after testing is complete.

For more information about the evacuation, click here.