Reports of cockroaches close venues on USF campus

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Roaches and mice droppings are to blame for shutting down some dining halls at the University of Saint Francis (USF). The Allen County Health department shut down Trinity Dining Hall and CyberFresh Cafe for several days last week.

As a result of the temporary closures, USF Administration hosted a forum Friday with students and employees to discuss concerns. The meeting was held at the North Campus Auditorium and was closed to the public and media.

Allen County Health Inspectors investigated Cyberfresh Cafe on September 27 on complaint of several dead cockroaches. Upon arrival the inspector observed 3 live cockroaches, 2 dead free standing cockroaches, and several dead cockroaches on a bait trap. USF was instructed to remove all live and dead pests and clean the area within 24 hours.

Allen County Health Inspectors conducted three follow-up investigations on September 28 and 29, and October 3 and 5. The investigation on September 28 resulted in the cafe being closed after at least one live cockroach was found. Cockroaches were found at each follow-up investigation. The cafe remains closed at this time.

Two other investigations were conducted at Subway and Trinity Hall, a residence hall. On September 28, inspectors found dead and live cockroaches and closed Trinity Hall. Subsequent investigations occurred on September 29 and October 3. Cockroaches were found during the September 29 investigation but were not found on October 3.

On September 27, inspectors found dead cockroaches and mouse droppings at Subway. The inspector still found mouse droppings and dead cockroaches in a follow-up investigation September 28. A follow-up investigation on September 29 found no cockroaches or mouse droppings, and inspectors noted the establishment did not require any more follow-up investigations.

Students said they were upset about the lack of communication from the university about the issue. One person said many students learned about the health code violation after another student who apparently spread copies of the health inspection reports across campus anonymously.

“I think they did what needs to be done but it’s going to take a while to build my trust back up,” said Amy Rowland, a Freshman at USF.

Vice-President of Student Affairs, Andrew Prall, said the university got the information out to students in a timely manner, but he admits they could have used better methods of communication to reach everyone.

“Sometimes we have to be honest and say things weren’t optimal,” said Prall. “We’ve fallen short of our own expectations. We’re going to improve on it next time.”