Coastal Health District investigating cleanliness of SSU’s student union

Coastal Health District investigating cleanliness of SSU’s student union

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - After a video surfaced on social media showing bugs crawling across food at Savannah State University’s Student Union, the building was closed.

The Coastal Health District confirmed Friday they have opened an investigation after receiving complaints.

The building has been closed since the university’s president learned of the bugs near food and has remained closed from more than a week.

Students at SSU say it was on social media that they saw bugs on food at the Student Union.

“It’s kind of horrifying. I’m not going to front, because like, this is a hangout spot. The student union is where we all come together and you know just chill and eat, relax but like we haven’t been able to do that,” senior Tymothy Jones said.

SSU’s interim president says keeping students away is intentional. She has kept the union closed as they called in an exterminator and had a deep clean.

“I would have been disgruntled…also I am. This is not something that should have happened to that student or any student or any person that’s going to get food. I understand that they are going to be frustrated by that it’s not something you should expect when you’re getting your food. We should and will do better,” Interim President Kimberly Ballard-Washington said.

That’s what students want. Senior Deshanel Govan has a meal plan that costs more than $1,200. She says the closure has been inconvenient and she has only been able to eat at Tiger Express but is hopeful the school does the right thing.

“It is frustrating that we’re paying for it and we’re having a lot of problems, but I am glad that they are trying to do something about it and hopefully stuff changes,” Govan said.

The university’s food is provided by Thompson’s and the interim president says the company has made some employment changes recently. She says they are taking every precaution to improve the student union and are working with students to resolve issues.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I want us to do everything we can to make sure that when we go back in that building it is really an all clear,” Ballard-Washington said.

Students say they are weary of trying the food, with some going off campus to eat. But that’s why campus leaders are talking to experts about how to prevent this from happening again.

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