UT: Mold forces more than 500 students to move from dorm

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee announced that over 500 students would be relocated so the school can remove mold from Laurel Hall.

According to a release from the university, the building will be closed for the rest of the academic year to clean it.

Over the next few weeks, the building's 586 residents will be relocated for the fall and spring semesters.

Elevated levels of mold were found in several rooms and common areas of the building; however, the university says it has no reason to believe that there are major health and safety risks.

"First and foremost, our concern is for our students' health and safety,"
said Chandra Myrick, executive director of University Housing.
"In this instance, we know moving will be disruptive to their semester, so we are providing as many resources and as much support as we can to help through this process."

The university "will provide a moving timeline and offer accommodation options to Laurel Hall residents."

At this time, the school is still lining up on-campus and off-campus housing.

A company the school is working with to eradicate the mold indicated that the situation would take at least 14 weeks.

At this time, the university is conducting air quality tests on all other residence halls.