College scrambles to find housing for freshmen after mold discovery

<p>An Orange County college is scrambling to find temporary housing again for its freshmen after mold was found in the dorms.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 27, 2018, 9:37 PM

Updated 2,123 days ago

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An Orange County college is scrambling to find temporary housing again for its freshmen after mold was found in the dorms.
The 140 freshmen at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh were evacuated and sent to hotels earlier this week. On Wednesday, the hotels told them they had to leave by this Friday.

Students say they were never told they would have to leave the hotels before the two weeks the school anticipated it needed to get rid of the mold

School officials admitted they could only book hotel rooms through this Friday, something they say they should have told students earlier this week.
They also say it's now going to take them longer than two weeks to get rid of the problem.
The college is now trying to create on-campus housing for students, including turning old offices and even lounges into dorm rooms.
For example, a locker room for a men's soccer team will soon be a temporary dorm room for two college freshmen.
Until the college can create rooms for all the evacuated students, administrators say they've asked some to go home for the week.
Students who spoke to News 12 said they don't blame the college, but understand that it's been a unique and difficult situation for everyone.


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