Department of Resident Life

 

Dear Parents and Families of residents living in Elkton Hall,

 

We are writing with an update on the current situation we are addressing in Elkton Hall. The safety, health, and well-being of each and every resident is a matter of utmost concern for the Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities at the University of Maryland.  We recognize and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused our residents and their families. We want to assure you we are working as quickly as possible to eradicate the problem.

As you may be aware, mold has been reported throughout Elkton Hall, as well as isolated reports in other residence halls, and the issue has been exacerbated by recent weather conditions.  Due to the heavy rains and higher than usual temperatures over the past few weeks, our area has seen higher than average relative humidity levels outside, which have in turn increased the humidity levels inside the buildings - the result is a sustained high moisture level in the building.

University staff has been working around the clock to thoroughly remediate the mold. We have taken many steps to address the issue; including hiring contractors who specialize in mold remediation, installing commercial-grade dehumidifiers in floor hallways, conducting inspections of rooms that have reported service requests, cleaning all surfaces, and cleaning or replacing furniture.  

In order to work meticulously and expeditiously to address these issues, we are moving students floor by floor to hotels so our facilities staff and mold remediation specialists can inspect the empty rooms. Based on the inspections, the facilities staff and mold remediation specialists can then implement a thorough cleaning and remediation process.  We have contracted with an outside consulting firm who will assist our staff in completing a thorough inspection of the building?s mechanical systems to ensure the HVAC system is operating properly to address moisture and humidity levels in the building.

We have sent email notifications directly to Elkton Hall students and will continue to provide updates to affected residents on our work.  We encourage families to visit our Resident Life website where you can review all notifications we have sent in addition to a list of ?Frequently Asked Questions? we have prepared to keep everyone informed.

For your convenience, attached you will also find a copy of the notice we sent on Saturday evening to all Elkton Hall students which includes important information for how to prepare for this temporary move as well as details on local area hotel assignments.

We encourage you to stay informed by checking our website regularly. We appreciate our community?s patience as we continue to respond to residents? facilities and maintenance requests 24-hours a day.

Sincerely,

 

Department of Resident Life

Department of Residential Facilities

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Department of Resident Life
7626 Regents Drive
2101 Annapolis Hall, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 314-2100
Email:
reslife@umd.edu   
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