New residents of Creswell Hall leave the building on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 on the University of Georgia's Campus in Athens, a few days before the start of the fall semester. University officials said on Monday, Dec. 6, they will complete an intensive cleaning and maintenance initiative in several residence halls, including the Hill and Creswell communities in response to complaints about dorm conditions. (Julian Alexander for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The University of Georgia said Monday crews will soon conduct deep cleanings and make some repairs to several student housing complexes after a recent groundswell of parent complaints about their children getting sick on campus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week reported many students — primarily in their first year on campus — are complaining of intense coughing, severe sore throat, congestion and other health conditions. They say it’s because rooms are improperly ventilated, old, need air filter replacements or have mold.

The university said the repair work will begin during winter break. It will include replacing air filters, removing some older air conditioning units, changing toilet valves in one hall and cleaning fan coil units in two halls.

“The health, safety and well-being of our students are always the top priority at the University of Georgia, and this applies to the residential communities our students call home during their time on campus,” UGA President Jere Morehead said in a statement.

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