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Thursday, March 1, 2018, 9:20 AM

Water still stands in Charity Davis's dorm room after it receded from last week's flood.

Charity Davis, a softball player at Bacone College, is homeless. Her family lives three hours away, she has no friends or family here, and the dorm room for which she is paying almost $800 a month at Bacone is uninhabitable.

Late last week, rainwater began pouring into her room, and as she frantically called every number she could find, no one was answering. Not even the emergency lockout number. She ended up staying in the dorm of a male acquaintance.

“Yeah, my mom’s not too crazy about that,” she laughed.

It wasn’t the first time her room had flooded this term. Or the second. Twice before, Charity was chased out of her dorm by water, living out of her car for a month.

“They still charged me” for the room, she said.

This time, however, it’s not just the lost time she’s paying for. Her possessions have been ruined, from electronics to luggage to clothing and shoes. And mold is growing on the walls.

Possibly dangerous mold lines Charity Davis's walls.

Her room is still flooded, with water standing on the floor. And no one at Bacone is answering her calls. Or her mother’s.

“There’s a girl in my pod whose room flooded too,” she said. “She went to Kindle (Holderby, vice president of student affairs), and he said the college isn’t liable for her stuff.”

The college’s web site says students pay $5,575 per term for a private room. With 30 weeks in a term, that averages out to $743 a month.

“This school is just messed up,” she said. “It isn’t worth what people are paying for it.”

Bacone has not returned MuskogeeNOW’s calls for comment. If they do, we will update this story.

UPDATE March 2: Bacone sent the following response to this story:

It has come to our attention that Ms. Charity Davis has contacted MuskogeeNOW regarding her living conditions and her charge that Bacone College has been unresponsive. Bacone College never ignores a student’s needs. We find acceptable solutions as soon as we learn of a problem.

Ms. Davis contacted our Housing Department on Friday morning regarding water in her room caused from recent torrential rains. Ms. Davis was offered a room in another dorm and provided a key. It is our understanding that Ms. Davis has made her own temporary lodging arrangements, but the room provided remains available to her. At no time was Mr. Kindle Holderby, Vice President of Student Affairs, contacted directly regarding the water seeping into her room. We are unaware of damage to her personal belongings, but we urge all students on arriving at Bacone to obtain renter’s insurance to cover potential losses of their own items.

During the Fall Semester, per Ms. Davis’ request, she was provided alternate living arrangements on campus and declined to move. Several teammates offered to allow her to live with them, but Ms. Davis chose to store her belongings in her vehicle, and made her own arrangements for sleeping quarters.

The particular water seepage problem occurring in her room was twice repaired by a local contractor last fall, but the recent rains have shown that the problem remains unsolved. It apparently is a difficult one relating to groundwater upsurge, not a simple case of a leaking roof. We are now consulting experts from a major Tulsa company, and will work to bring the affected rooms back on line as soon as possible.

There are some problems with this response:

  • “Ms. Davis was offered a room in another dorm and provided a key. It is our understanding that Ms. Davis has made her own temporary lodging arrangements, but the room provided remains available to her.”

    Actually, the college did provide Davis with a key, but according to a text Davis sent on Feb. 26, the key didn’t work: “they tried to put me in a room but i don’t have access. I have a key but they haven’t programmed my id so i can get in the building.”

  • “At no time was Mr. Kindle Holderby, Vice President of Student Affairs, contacted directly regarding the water seeping into her room.”

    Actually MuskogeeNOW.com contacted Holderby directly, so this statement cannot be regarded as true. Davis also says her mother emailed Holderby and received no response.

  • “During the Fall Semester, per Ms. Davis’ request, she was provided alternate living arrangements on campus and declined to move. Several teammates offered to allow her to live with them, but Ms. Davis chose to store her belongings in her vehicle, and made her own arrangements for sleeping quarters.”

    Davis contends that she wanted a private room, and since she had paid for a private room, the college was obligated to provide one.

    Since this story was originally published, we have received dozens of emails, messages and Facebook responses from other students who say they were treated the same way in Bacone housing. We are investigating further.

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