The Public Honors College
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Mold Updates

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WELCOME HOME!

We are thrilled to welcome you back to your “home away from home!” The information below was put together to provide you with timely information regarding your return to Caroline and Prince George Halls.

General Information:

  • Physical Plant staff and contractual movers will be moving all student belongings from storage to student rooms prior to the arrival of the students. 
    • For students doing mid-year room changes: if your room change was approved in December, your storage items will be taken to your new room. 
    • If your room change is not finalized by Monday, Jan. 9, your belongings will be taken to your old room assignment. You will need to retrieve your belongings from your old room. 
    • Rugs that were left in the rooms have been cleaned and will be returned to student rooms. 
    • Fridges left in rooms were cleaned by the remediation company and have been plugged in. 
      • Two fridges from PG 1R and one fridge from CD 1L were removed from student rooms during the remediation process and placed in storage. Please work with the Res. Life staff to claim them. 
  • Residence Life staff will be completing new check-in room inspections prior to the arrival of the students. Students will receive a new Room Condition Report (RCR) to review, sign, and return to a staff member. 
  • Students already on the early arrival list will be able to return to the buildings as noted on their early arrival approval email during the week of Jan. 9. 
    • Students moving in Jan. 9 – 13 should come to the Office of Residence Life between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to officially check-in. 
  • As a reminder, beds in the two buildings can be bunked. Lofting kits are not available except for the voluntary doubles-as-triples. 
  • If you returned your room key when you left the building in October, you can pick it up when you officially check-in. 
  • If you lost your room key and already reported it to Res. Life, you can pick up your new room key when you officially check-in. 
  • If you lost your room key and have not yet notified Res. Life, a new key will be cut for you on Sunday or Monday. You will be able to pick it up at Glendening 150 on Sunday or Monday. 
  • Air Conditioning:  
    • As part of our various efforts to prevent mold in the future, we will be changing the controls for the air conditioning/ heating units in each room (fan coil units). One of the contributing causes of the mold identified by our consultant investigating the indoor air issues was that the current controls on the fan coil units allow the rooms to be over-cooled creating condensation problems. All controls will be fixed to a common setting, approximately 72 degrees. The system will be similar to Lewis Quad. While we understand that this change will undoubtedly create some questions, we believe that in the interest of preventing future occurrences of elevated levels of mold, this is necessary going forward.  
    • The health experts that helped us evaluate the mold indicated that the window air conditioning units may have contributed to the problem and, as a result, we are exploring options. At this point, we do not know if the window units that were previously installed in the windows will be replaced in kind or replaced with a different type of unit. We will consult with students during the process to evaluate alternatives.

January 15 – 16 Move-In Info:

  • General check-in will start at 10 a.m. on January 15 and January 16 and continue until midnight. 
  • Move-in assistance will be available only on January 15 and 16 and only for CD and PG residents. We do not have move-in assistance available for students moving in at other times or into other buildings. 
    • Sunday, Jan. 15 move-in help will be available from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
    • Monday, Jan. 16 move-in help will be available from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • All students in CD and PG must officially check-in with a staff member in the staff office upon arrival.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 240-895-4207, or Kelly Smolinsky (kasmolinsky@smcm.edu) or Joanne Goldwater (jagoldwater@smcm.edu).

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001
240-895-2000