College dorms aren’t meant to be five star hotel suites, but they shouldn’t look like a condemned property in downtown Detroit either. Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is receiving all the wrong kinds of press today after one of its students went public with pictures showing horrible living conditions inside her dorm.
Student Amina Kelly released photos last week of mold-infested walls, missing ceiling tiles, and stained floors inside her dormitory at Stillman College. Kelly, who reports numerous new health problems since moving into the dorm, says her concern over the dorm’s conditions have been brushed off by school administrators.
“It was a really traumatic experience for me,” Kelly said. "There [are] outdated things. And stuff falling down from the ceilings and mold, water stains, pipes bursting.”
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The mold problem in the dorm room is so bad that it's causing problems with Kelly’s skin. She’s now seeing a dermatologist for problems that only started after she moved into the dorm.
"Spots like all over my neck and chest,” she told WBRC. “My face just nasty bumps and it started coming on my lips and that would really get ashy. I've tried cleaning the mold several times. I've bought cleaning supplies."
Kelly says administrators seemed unconcerned at best when presented with the pictures and complaints.
“I’ve sent pictures,” she said. “I’ve showed them pictures of my face. And just to be treated with shear disrespect. I was like I can’t stay here.”
Sure enough, Kelly isn’t the only student complaining about conditions in the school’s dorms. One student called them “sickening," another described them as “very trashy and dirty” and yet another said the buildings have a “very bad roach problem.”
The school’s Vice President of Students Affairs released a painfully generic statement on the allegations:
"It is in the best interest of our institution that we maintain a favorable atmosphere on our campus. The maintenance of these facilities is reviewed periodically and, when required, repairs are made or concerns addressed. A number of repairs were made last week in Roulhac Hall, and our plant operations team continues to aggressively monitor and repair as needed."