Hundreds of Western Kentucky University students are being moved out of their residence hall because of mold.
The school announced Wednesday night that the 348 students who live in Minton Hall will be relocated into other on-campus housing.
WKU has been actively treating mold in Minton and three other residence halls this semester. The school hired a company to address the mold issues in Minton, but was not ultimately satisfied with the results.
“That’s when we figured out that the configuration of that building was different, and it order to get the results that we really wanted for our students, we were going to have to move them out and do some other work, like removing the ceiling tiles,” said WKU spokesman Bob Skipper.
The school decided the ceilings in Minton Hall have to be removed in order to treat the issues in that facility.
Skipper said the school knows asking students to relocate this late into the semester is an inconvenience.
“To the extent possible, we’re trying to keep groups of people together. So if there’s a group on a certain floor at Minton Hall that is part of a community, we’re trying to relocate them into the same hall so they can keep that support network together.”
Housing and Residence Life staff are helping Minton Hall residents relocate this week.
Minton is closing Monday, Nov. 12, and is expected to reopen on January 18, 2019.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Minton was closing Nov. 5, but it is closing Nov. 12.