Student Housing

The University of Mississippi

Mold Prevention

Student Housing’s top priority is the health and safety of all of our residents. If you believe you may have active mold growth in your room, please fill out a Maintenance Request Form so that our Facilities Team are notified and can respond.

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold is a natural part of the environment and given a consistent source of moisture mold can grow almost anywhere. It is easy for mold spores to be transported indoors through clothes, shoes, open doors, and windows. When these mold spores are exposed to wet or humid conditions, they can begin to colonize and grow.  In accordance with the CDC, keeping spaces clean, dry, and allowing proper air circulation can help prevent mold from growing. Click here for more detailed information from the CDC regarding mold.

The goal of the Department of Student Housing is to provide suggestions to help ensure that mold does not have the chance to grow in individual rooms. We have taken a number of preventative measures to aid in this goal, and we expect our residents to do their part in keeping our communities mold free.

What we do:

  • Contract with external vendors to conduct indoor air sampling
  • Detailed, specialized cleaning of all HVAC equipment
  • Upgrade air filters in all HVAC equipment for a better filtration of air stream
  • Installation of ION generation equipment to treat the air
  • Maintaining compliance with American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers for air requirements
  • Following all American Nation Standards Institute best practice for water clean-up

What you do:

  • Immediately report any health and safety issues via our maintenance request process
  • Practice good housekeeping (wipe down counter spaces, clean up food spills, dust all surfaces, etc. For more information visit our page on cleaning your space)
  • Do not place air filters over vents
  • Do not place furniture or other items in front of heating and cooling units
  • Limit the amount of carpet and textured surfaces in your room
  • Make sure all items stored underneath beds are in containers to prevent the collection of dust