Some students attending Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are fed up with the conditions of the school’s on-campus housing. There have been complaints of mold, missing ceiling tiles, burst pipes, water stains, and just general disrepair. It was bad enough forone student that she’s transferring to another college, as WBRC FOX 6 News reports.
WBRC spoke with Stillman student Amina Kelly last week. Kelly gave the station pictures of Roulhac Hall and Hay Hall, two dormitories on the private liberal arts college’s campus. The pictures show a cardboard box replacing a missing ceiling tile, moldy showers, and garbage strewn over hallways. Ms. Kelly says that the mold has caused her to have skin problems. She told the station that she got, “spots, like all over my neck and chest. And my face, there were like, just nasty bumps. It started coming on my lips and then it would get really ashy and scaly.”
Kelly tried getting rid of the mold herself with cleaning supplies she bought, but it was too much. She tried reporting the problems to Stillman College officials, but says she was met with resistance and what she calls, “sheer disrespect.” The poor conditions and the lack of action has made Kelly conclude that she should not attend the college. Kelly isn’t a lone voice complaining, as WBRC has learned.
The station says that after an initial story about Stillman’s dorms, they started to hear from other students who confirmed Kelly’s account of what’s been going on there. One student said, “it’s sickening.” Another described it as “very trashy, dirty.” Yet another claimed there’s a, “very bad roach problem.”
WBRC received a statement from Stillman College’s Vice-President for Student Affairs, Dr. Sharon Whittaker-Davis. It read, in part:
"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."