Managing Environmental Concerns


Auburn University Housing works alongside our campus partners to provide a safe and healthy space for all residents. The health and comfort of our residents are of the highest priority to us. When environmental issues such as air quality or moisture concerns, arise in our residence halls, Property Management works to address the issues as quickly as possible. Below, you will find more information on Property Management's work order process and suggestions to avoid any environmental concerns in your room.

Symptoms of exposure to certain environmental conditions can be very subjective. Immunocompromised individuals may experience serious health effects when exposed to certain environmental conditions, and others may not have any symptoms at all. For additional information pertaining to environmental concerns, along with prevention and safety tips, please visit Risk Management & Safety.

If you detect any environmental concerns in your living space, please submit a work order to Property Management.

Maintenance Work Order

Response to Environmental Concerns

Upon work order submission, a Property Management Safety & Health staff member is immediately assigned for a complete investigation of the request.

Investigation Procedures

  • Upon the technician’s arrival to the suite/room, a short interview is conducted with the resident to establish the exact nature of the issue.
  • Air quality testing/monitoring is conducted per The Centers for Disease Control guidelines, checking humidity, temperature and dew point.
  • A thorough visual inspection is conducted in all spaces (closets, bathrooms, in and around furniture, etc.) to identify any problem areas that may be present.
  • Corrective measures are initiated to correct any problems that are discovered that may have contributed to the issue.
  • If required, cleaning of all affected areas will be conducted per CDC guidelines by either Property Management staff or remediation contractor.
  • If needed, a follow-up discussion shall be conducted with the resident.
  • If a temporary relocation is recommended, University Housing will assist the student(s) throughout the relocation.

Note: Depending on the nature of the issues identified, a series of follow-up inspections may be necessary.



Ways to Prevent Environmental Concerns

  • Maintain good housekeeping practices.
    • Remove trash regularly.
    • Clean and dust suite and restrooms on a regular basis.
    • Launder bedding and linens regularly.
    • Always allow wet or damp items to dry thoroughly before storing.
    • Never allow water or wet items to sit on surfaces for long periods.

  • Maintain proper ventilation throughout the suite and restroom.
    • Proper air circulation is necessary to provide a healthy indoor environment.
    • Ensure use of restroom exhaust fans during showering or bathing.
    • Do not leave trapped steam/humidity in restrooms.
    • Maintain proper clearances for all heating and air equipment, do not obstruct return air grilles and/or supply diffusers.
    • Suites using floor-mounted Heating and Air units must maintain a minimum of 24 inches of clearance in front of the unit.
    • Suggested room configurations are listed below.

  • Report any water problems, including heating and air, ventilation, leaks and/or excess moisture in your room, immediately to Campus Living Property Management.


Suggested Room Configurations

Configurations
Last Updated: January 08, 2020