Four professors at Southern University in New Orleans who worked on the second floor of the same building died in a three-month period, and many others who work or worked on the floor are reporting respiratory problems, The Times-Picayune reported. Many suspect that mold from when the building was reopened after 2005's Hurricane Katrina has played a role in the deaths and illnesses. A spokeswoman for the university said: "The university administration responds to all facility issues as they arise, and addresses them expeditiously and to the best of its ability. At no time did Southern University at New Orleans occupy buildings without getting approval from the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning & Control."
The article notes that when the university held a memorial for the dead professors, the event was on the same floor where they all worked before they died.
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