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Black mold forces NCSU sorority members out of house

Posted October 11, 2012 5:25 p.m. EDT
Updated October 11, 2012 8:51 p.m. EDT

— About 35 residents of North Carolina State University's Sigma Kappa sorority have been told they have to move out of the sorority's house by Sunday night after black mold was discovered recently around vents and light fixtures in several bedrooms.

Contractors for Beta Beta Land Partnership LLC, which owns the property and leases it to the sorority, has already started working to remove the mold, but to fully clean it, the students must move out for approximately three weeks.

Beta Beta Land Partnership did not respond to requests for an interview Thursday, but Gamma Phi House Corp., which oversees the sorority house, said the mold was found to be non-toxic and that group is acting in good faith to rectify the situation as fast as possible and will pay for students to live at the nearby University Towers, starting Sunday.

Some sorority members complain that they've been experiencing difficulty breathing in the house and that the mold has heightened respiratory ailments, such as asthma and allergies.

"I don't really feel comfortable being in my own house right now," said sophomore Lindsey Cox, who suffers from asthma.

She and other students say they've had to stay in hotels or with friends or family members as a result.

"It's been, like, a two-hour commute round-way for two weeks now," Cox said. "I didn't really sign up to be a commuter student."