Students Claim Dirty Air is Making them Sick

On Sept. 5 Dr. Alicia Caudill, Executive Vice President for Student Affairs at the College of Charleston, sent an email to all students about “accumulated dust in our ventilation system in McAlister Residence Hall.”

This message comes after students in and around McAlister have reported feeling sick. Resident Margo Faux told WCSC, “Everyone is getting sick. I have a sinus infection. I had to go to the doctor because my eyes are red all the time.”

McAlister Resident Jack Sutton also told WCSC that his “roommate has been coughing since the beginning of school now. He’s had a cold basically, but it’s not regular symptoms.”

Dr. Caudill reassured students, “Our Office of Environmental Health and Safety has been conducting throughout the residence hall, and initial reports indicate that the air quality is well within acceptable levels,” and “Our Facilities Management team has been conducting a systematic room inspection the past week and a half and have been working to clean out ductwork.”

Dr. Caudill said “typically, at the beginning of the school year, we see an uptick of colds, allergies and sickness in our student population because everyone is coming back in close quarters.”

Dr. Caudill reminds students to complete work orders on MyCharleston should any room have maintenance needs and to make an appointment at Student Health Services should they feel sick.


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