Mold, rodents and insects: Virginia Wesleyan students disgusted with issues in dorms

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Students are sounding the alarm over conditions at Virginia Wesleyan University dorms. 

They’re dealing with rodents, insects and mold growing in their walls and vents.

Some of the pictures are unpleasant, but the students say they look at it and live in it every day, and they’re ready for something to change.

And of course, they’ve taken to social media.

Angela Dillard and Jordan Speller say enough is enough.

“Some people have mold, some people their air or heat doesn’t work, I’ve seen pictures of people having rats in their room on the little traps,” said Dillard.

They are freshman roommates, but say their living compartments don’t match what was promised from their private education.

“It is very disgusting that we are paying thousands and thousands of dollars to go to a private institution and we can’t even live somewhere that has good quality air,” Dillard said. 

They fear the growing mold on their doorways and air vents will make them sick.

“People have gotten sick cause of the mold and they’ve gotten mold in their lungs. I know someone that has happened to,” she said.

Some students are so upset they’ve taken to social media to, in their words, expose what is going on.

“This new Instagram page that like exposes all of these problems, there is like mold in the cafeteria in the cups, or like on the bowls and plates,” said Speller.

I spoke with the person behind the Instagram page, who wanted to stay anonymous, but says they have a good reason for taking it this far.

“If people actually saw what was going on, if people saw the conditions we lived in, it could spark something, spark some sort of change, some sort of action and that is all we want from administration is to help us,” said the Instagram account holder. 

A statement from the Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Moore reads:

The health and safety of our students is our top priority. We are in constant communication about how maintenance requests for needed repairs can be submitted—particularly those in private living spaces that are not seen during routine condition inspections by senior administrators, residence life staff, and our physical plant team. We respect where our students live, we want them to be comfortable and happy, and we are proactive about remediating their concerns. Over the course of this academic year, we have committed $2.1 million toward updates to residence halls on campus, including full replacement of all showers and restrooms, new plumbing, ventilation, and corrective maintenance. We encourage our student partners to continue to share their concerns so that together we may ensure a safe and comfortable residential experience.”

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