Mildew discovery shuts down Roush Residence Hall

Roush Residence Hall
Roush Residence Hall
Roush Residence Hall

Students scheduled to be moved into Roush Residence Hall this weekend were relocated to other university housing as a result of the discovery of mildew in some rooms.

In all, 108 students assigned to the all-male residence hall will be reassigned to rooms at Lake Point and South Hall.

Freshmen were scheduled to move in Saturday, with the rest of the residents moving in Sunday.

All residents were notified via email of the situation by the Office of Residence Life at approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday, after some freshmen had already moved their things in.

Lake Point is the university’s conference center and hotel space on Lake Dardanelle, about 6 miles from campus. South Hall is an all-male residence hall that is about 2 miles from campus. Shuttle services will be offered from these locations to the main campus, the email from residence life states.

A letter posted on the front window of Roush Hall contained the same information that the email did. Both point to damp weather as the cause of the mold, which was found in the built-in storage units below the window, it says.

Chris Reeves, a sophomore computer science major from Conway, was supposed to move into Roush Sunday, but learned of the situation from the email from the Office of Residence Life. Reeves said he lived in Roush last year and never had any issues with mildew in his room.

Curstin Johnson, a psychology major from El Dorado, was also supposed to move into Roush Sunday, but was instead reassigned to a room at Lake Point. A friend who had moved into Roush Saturday told Johnson of the situation before university officials did.

Johnson said he felt like the rooms needed to be checked before residents moved into them.