More complaints about St. Augustine’s housing raised after employee falls through floor


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – New concerns have emerged about housing buildings at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.

CBS 17 reported on Monday concerns about what some students claimed is mold in a dorm.

After that story aired, CBS 17’s Steve Sbraccia obtained video and pictures of a school employee who fell through the floor of one of the residential apartments.

A student’s parent sent pictures and video that shows the school’s director of housing, who had fallen through the floor at Falkcrest student apartments on campus.

An incident report by the Raleigh Fire Department obtained by CBS 17 said back on Jan. 6, the employee plunged from a the first-floor living space into a crawl space about 4 feet below.

She was not hurt.

The school said the hole has been repaired and there are engineers now checking the structural integrity of the area to figure out why the floor let go.

Video and pictures of the hole in the floor are being shared on campus by students — some of whom are concerned.

“That could have been one of us,” said student Deant Ford. “I hope they solve the issue and no one else falls through the floor.”

Earlier this week, CBS 17 obtained photos showing what students said was mold in the Latham dorm. After the story aired, the school emailed to say it was “mildew and dirt.”

Experts say any microbial growth needs to be tested in a lab to determine what it is.

A school official could not say how the university reached the conclusion about mildew and dirt. In an email, the school called it “a non-issue.”

Because St. Aug’s is a private school, the state said it has no inspection oversight regarding microbial growth cleanups or into possible structure issues like the hole in the floor at Falkcrest apartments.   

The school told said the situation in Latham dorm was being painted and cleaned up, but has not allowed CBS 17 on campus to see those repairs.

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