East Carolina University’s Brewster Building continues to be under watch as concerns are raised from those who occupy the building, where several pancreatic cancer deaths and diagnoses among faculty members have occurred.
Some individuals believe the A Wing of the building may have a connection to the cancer deaths and diagnoses of several faculty members. Concerns about the building’s overall safety began in 2019, resulting in an Indoor Environmental Assessment Report performed on the A Wing of Brewster in 2019, which found there were no serious health issues present.
Since then, the diagnosis and death of a faculty member whose office was in the A Wing reignited concerns about the building.
As an ongoing issue since 2019, the university needs to remain active within the investigation and keep the ECU community in the loop about efforts to address concerns and tackle the issues within Brewster.
ECU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) requested the Brewster Building be reevaluated by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The ECU chapter of the association requested further assessment of possible toxins within the building, a case study analysis of severe illnesses among ECU faculty and a consideration from the University of North Carolina System to put Brewster at the top of its list for replacement.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, support the AAUP’s request for reevaluation of the building, as the livelihood of faculty, staff and students who occupy the building daily may be at stake.
As ECU continues its in-person academic year, the university should be vigilant of the concerns that surround the Brewster building. Student and faculty safety is something the university must take seriously, and further investigation of this building is a step in the right direction.