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Lawsuit filed against IU for mold issues granted class action status

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 13:37:40-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit filed against Indiana University for mold issues inside dorms has now been granted class action status.

An order filed January 10, approves the lawsuit to officially become a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit was initially filed back in 2018 against Indiana University in regards to mold issues inside dorms that allegedly left students sick and forced dozens of students out of their dorms mid-semester.

The lawsuit claims that the university knew about the mold conditions in the dorms for several years and misled students about how bad it actually was was. It also claims that the university encouraged doctors at the campus health center not to tell students that their symptoms could be caused by mold.

Two of the impacted dorms, McNutt and Foster, were supposed to be renovated during the 2021-22 and 2023-24 school years, but their renovations were moved up because of the mold issues. In April 2019, the state budget committee approved Indiana University's $56 million plan to replace heating, ventilation and cooling systems in those residence halls. Both are closed at this time and expected to re-open sometime in 2021.

Mold was also detected in nearly two dozen rooms at Teter Quad.

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