Campus Chick-fil-a reopens after rat infestation

Campus-wide email states issue is fixed, while Twitter tells a different story

On Monday morning, The College of Charleston sent out a campus-wide email to inform the student body that the campus Chick-fil-a located under Joe E. Berry, Jr. Residence Hall would be reopening after closing last week due to issues with a rat infestation.

The email informed that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control conducted inspections last week and rated City Bistro with an “A” rating, despite its proximity to the closed Chick-fil-a.

However, the rats are not confined to the dining facilities – CisternYard News Managing Editor and College of Charleston senior Justine Hall had a run in with a rat last week on the second floor of the Calhoun Annex.

“In the Calhoun Annex, I saw a rat that was HUGE. Seriously so large, I only saw half of its body and it was much larger than you would imagine. Clearly, he’s been eating well,” she said.

The issues with rats on campus do not end there – according to social media, the rats may be a bigger issue than the College realized. Multiple students and Charleston natives took to Twitter to report their issues with the vermin:

As stated in the email, all rat sightings should be reported by contacting the Physical Plant at (843)953-5550 or by email at Additionally, all students can report issues through the College’s AiM work-order system.



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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. β€œYou may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

'Campus Chick-fil-a reopens after rat infestation' has 1 comment

  1. March 29, 2017 @ 9:45 am Larry

    Good morning, my company DP is a solutions company that does just that . I have a solution to your rodent problem, without using traps, baits, glue strips, DeTour, etc just spray and they go away, non-toxic, will not harm the rodent they just go elsewhere.


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