BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging an Indiana university breached its contract by providing substandard living assignments to thousands of students staying in residential halls where mold was found.

Circuit Court Judge Holly Harvey's ruling comes as Indiana University's residence centers Foster and McNutt are being renovated, where mold was a problem during the 2018-19 school year.

Those projects made more than 2,000 beds unavailable at the residence halls forcing students to live off campus.


YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The state Corrections Department has been hit with a class-action lawsuit on behalf of inmates who say they’ve been overwhelmed by chronic mold and other unsanitary conditions at Michigan’s only prison for women.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Detroit federal court, says the Huron Valley prison in Washtenaw County is “operating under a state of degradation, filth and inhumanity.” Lawyers say women have suffered health problems because of mold and their complaints have gone unheeded.

Indiana University Sees Student Overflow Amid Dorm Work

Aug 25, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — About 200 Indiana University students started the fall semester living in residence hall lounges as two major housing complexes on the Bloomington campus are undergoing renovations after extensive mold problems.

IU spokesman Chuck Carney says the campus housing staff expects to have all the students assigned to dorm rooms in the coming weeks as spaces open up. Carney says those placed in the lounges were among the last students applying for campus housing.

The university expected about 8,300 first-year students this fall on the Bloomington campus.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — More than 2,000 Indiana University students have new campus housing after a mold outbreak pushed up renovations at two dormitories.

The renovations to the Foster Quad and McNutt Quad residence halls were originally set to take place throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

But The Indianapolis Star reports the $56 million project that includes replacing heating, venting and air-conditioning systems was moved up after mold was found in both buildings last fall.