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What UofL is doing to address the mold problem in residence halls

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On Oct. 10, 2012, University of Louisville officials announced that elevated levels of mold spores known as aspergillus and penicillium were found in Miller Hall. While these molds typically do not pose a health risk to most people, they can cause problems at elevated levels – especially for those with respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies and those with high sensitivity to mold.

To ensure the well-being of students and staff, the university decided to close Miller Hall for extensive cleaning, remediation and source identification. All 270 of Miller Hall’s students were moved to other university-affiliated resident halls, nearby hotels or to off-campus locations such as a family home. Most of the students moved out of Miller Hall by Oct. 12 and the building was closed Oct. 14.

On Oct. 17 the university announced that there is no need to displace additional students after testing for mold was completed in several other halls. Read more.

Information for students and parents

We understand that asking students to move in the middle of a semester is disruptive and stressful. To help students and their families understand how these unexpected moves impact things like housing, meal plans, laundry and parking, please see our fact sheet for displaced students (PDF).

About the mold

Watch UofL officials discuss the mold issue at an Oct. 10 news conference.

The molds found on UofL’s campus – aspergillus and penicillium – are common. These molds typically do not pose a health risk. However, they can cause problems at elevated levels – especially for those with respiratory problems such as asthma and severe allergies.



  • Campus Community and parents - Send an email with your questions or comments to or call the housing office 502-852-6636.
  • Media – contact Mark Hebert at 502-852-3133
  • Emergency situations: Contact Campus Police at 502-852-6111

Next steps

The university will continue to consult with experts and cleaning crews to address the mold issue. Updated information will be available on this website

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