College Statements on Katrina Aid

This thread is for folks to post links to their college's info on aid to students and faculty effected by Hurricane Katrina.

If you do not find what you're looking for here, you might check the information from the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

KATRINA UPDATE: The Chronicle has set up a special page for announcements from colleges affected by the hurricane, and from associations and government agencies. Check regularly for updates. --> SEE


Case will offer the following assistance:

* A 50 percent tuition waiver (based on full-time student tuition rate)
* Permission to register for courses at Case as non-degree students for fall semester
* Refunded tuition if Tulane students are required to pay tuition at their home university
* Room and board at the regular rate (non-refundable)
* Linearly pro-rated tuition and room/board costs, if students are able to return to Tulane before the end of the semester

Students must complete their non-degree applications and be registered for classes by September 9. For more information, contact Lynmarie Hamel, Case’s interim assistant dean for undergraduate studies, at (216) 368-2928 or via e-mail at

Web Site:

Here are two more statements from schools in the Northeast (UMass and Franklin Pierce):

UMass Amherst Enrolls Displaced Students, Collects Funds for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Sept. 2, 2005

Contact: Ed Blaguszewski

AMHERST, Mass. - In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, UMass Amherst is enrolling students displaced by the storm on a fast-track basis and supporting relief efforts for victims along the Gulf Coast. Details on how to make donations are provided below.

Kevin Kelly, director of admissions, reports his office has received about 40 inquiries from displaced students interested in attending UMass Amherst. On Friday afternoon, four students were already enrolled and that number is likely to increase. A number of transfer students have made appointments for next week to meet with admissions counselors to discuss course selection. Because campus housing is tight, the first-year students will temporarily live in one of four local hotels with other UMass students. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7.

“These students and their families are in need, and the UMass community is focused on helping them,” Kelly said. “The Admissions staff is working closely with Financial Aid, the Registar, the Bursar and the Office of Information Technologies to make all the necessary arrangements. Even those students who chose to enroll at another institution are very grateful for the consideration that we have extended them. When the students arrive this weekend, we’ll be here to greet them and provide whatever assistance they need.”

Members of the campus community concerned about students living or studying in the Gulf Coast should contact the Dean of Students Office at 413/545-2684.


Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH

September 1, 2005
New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce College Offers Free Fall Semester to College Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Twenty students displaced from colleges and universities will be offered
a free education for the fall semester

Rindge, NH – Their dorm rooms flooded, classrooms destroyed and the fall semester of the 2005-2006 school year washed away, students who were headed for college in states affected by Hurricane Katrina are being offered the opportunity to attend the fall semester at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire free of charge.

Franklin Pierce College, a liberal arts college of 1600 undergraduates, located in southwestern New Hampshire, will accept 20 students in good standing and allow them to start the fall semester on time. Costs including tuition, room and board, and student fees, totaling about $16,000, will be covered by the college for each student.

“We want to provide shelter from the storm to students who have been displaced by the devastating hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast of our nation,” said college President George J. Hagerty. “In tragedies like these, we feel strongly that it is a community’s responsibility to help the individual – it is a founding principle of our institution.”

Students enrolled in colleges or universities in the areas affected by the hurricane will have the opportunity to take classes at Franklin Pierce, while retaining the freedom to return to their original schools once the institutions become operational. Twenty students, who are in good standing with their own institutions and who are an academic fit with Franklin Pierce College, will be accepted.

“We hope to prevent 20 students from missing the fall semester of the school year,” said Dr. Hagerty. “There are thousands of students out there wondering what they’re going to do. We intend to open our dorms, classrooms and community to a few of them.”
Franklin Pierce College is a four-year, coeducational nonsectarian college with a curriculum that is a blend of traditional liberal arts, pre-professional study, teacher preparation programs and a nationally-recognized core curriculum, "The Individual and Community." The main campus in Rindge, New Hampshire is situated on over 1,000 acres on the shore of Pearly Pond near the base of Mount Monadnock.

Students interested in the offer may e-mail Franklin Pierce College at or those without computer connections may call 1-800-437-0048. Franklin Pierce may be visited on the web at


From: Stephen Ward
Date: Friday - September 2, 2005 5:55 PM
Subject: [GSNEWS] Georgia Southern Welcomes Displaced Students
Georgia Southern University Welcomes Displaced Students from Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath have affected thousands of people in many ways. Several colleges and universities are closed and are facing uncertain futures. Georgia Southern University has enrolled 11 students, and is working with 8 more, who have been displaced by the disaster. They come to Statesboro from Tulane, Xavier, and Loyola universities.

These students will arrive on campus Tuesday, September 6 to begin classes.

Although each case has unique circumstances, Georgia Southern University is working under the primary guideline that all tuition and fees will be deferred, including housing and meal plan charges. If you have a chance to meet any of our newest students, please welcome them to our community of learners and let them know they have a home with us.

A Brief Report:

Aid to Displaced Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Prepared by bonnie lenore kyburz

Brief outline of actions taken: I have contacted several individuals charged with coordinating campus efforts to aid displaced students. Generally, each person indicated an overall willingness (urged by Presidents, Deans, Provosts, and other academic leaders) to ease admissions, registration, housing, and aid measures. Leaders in each area (Admissions, housing, etc.) have gathered to brainstorm what they can do locally on their particular campus. They end up operating on a “whatever it takes” notion that is compelling an extremely relaxed set of standards. However, some specifics have been offered. Each school is trying to limit the number of students it can reasonably accommodate (Syracuse University has already accepted 300 undergraduate students and can take no more undergrads but may still accept gradate students; notably, Syracuse has waived tuition). Each is relaxing tuition, registration, and financial aid constraints (deadlines, costs), within local guidelines.

Information specific to the institution is added, below.

Syracuse University:

  • Spread information through an ad in The New York Times and a bit on the Today show. The news came directly from the Chancellor (see statement, below).
  • Already enrolled 300 undergraduates; currently at the undergrad limit
  • Still accepting graduate students
  • Tuition waived
  • 1st 15 students receive free room, board and food
  • Student must be paying at an institution in the affected area
  • Not certain yet if all credits will transfer back to the school in the affected area (i.e., Tulane). Awaiting Tulane’s 6:00 p.m. announcement on these matters, expected on 9/2/05.
  • Spoke w/ coordinator Gina Lee-Glauser @ 315.443.1824
  • See attached website list

At Syracuse, we have received the following announcement from Chancellor Nancy Cantor: "We are working through the Association of American Universities (AAU) to provide special assistance to the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University. We are more than willing to make similar offers to students at other affected institutions. I hope that every member of the SU community will find some way, as individuals or in groups, to lend a hand." And our Arts and Sciences College Associate Dean sent the following today: "The Chancellor has made a commitment to help students affected by Katrina. We ask that you do everything reasonable to accommodate their needs in our over-crowded classrooms. Apparently some students are already seeking to enroll in our courses." The university is also collecting names of faculty and staff who can offer students (and faculty) housing in private homes. We are already over-enrolled at Syracuse (by 550 students), but I'm very pleased that the university is reaching out to help, and that some students are already looking to take advantage of the offer. I know of some advanced graduate students, post docs, and faculty from New Orleans who will be here until their schools reopen.

Illinois State University:

  • Advertised on AP and with NACAC
  • Spoke w/ coordinator, Molly Arnold @ 309.310.5674
  • 20 students currently enrolled
  • Projects enrolling some 50 students; limit as yet uncertain
  • Leaders from Admissions, Housing, and Financial Aid brainstorming frequently, putting together “by the seat of our pants”
  • Out of state tuition for non IL residents
  • If previously applied, no need for new paperwork
  • Easy overrides
  • Must enroll by 9/9/05
  • See attached website info at

University of Tennessee, Knoxville:

  • Will enroll up to 500 undergrads
  • Will enroll up to 50 law school students
  • No tuition or housing costs if paid at affected institution
  • In state tuition for those students who have not paid at affected institution
  • No limit regarding length of stay
  • Streamlined admissions process
  • Mentors provided for each displaced student who enrolls
  • Counseling services available

This just in from Chancellor Crabtree at University of Tennessee, Knoxville:

September 1, 2005

Today we write to ask your assistance in lending a hand to students and colleagues in higher education following the devastation of the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. As you may have heard, Governor Phil Bredesen late yesterday offered our state's assistance in providing space to educate students displaced by the storm. Our campus has joined the entire UT System and the Tennessee Board of Regents institutions in supporting this. It is quite simply the right thing to do.

Here at Knoxville, we've offered to bring in up to 500 undergraduate students, as well as 50 law students (20 first-year students, 30 from the upper division) and all graduate students who wish to come here. While it is unclear how many students will accept this offer, we ask that you join us in working with these displaced students and in doing what we can to help in light of this terrible tragedy. A task force has been created to coordinate this initiative and to ensure that we can manage the accommodations we offer to these students in need. The contact for the task force is Vice Chancellor Tom Milligan, and he can be reached at 974-9438.


We are a small historically Black university in Austin, and we have been alerted to receive students from Xavier, Tougaloo, and Dillard, our HBCU sister schools in NO and Jacksonville, Miss., and from any other school affected. UNCF is collecting funds to help, especially, those from UNCF schools. There is a concerted outreach in this institution, in this community. Our students have initiated their own outreach, which is embraced by the institution. A number of our students have families who are affected, who are missing.

University of Illinois:

  • No contact person available when called
  • info at: http?
  • Will enroll up to 40 undergrads
  • Exploring Guided Individual Study Courses as possible option for some students unable to be physically on campus
  • Collecting donations
  • Sharing engineering and planning expertise w/ FEMA regarding housing

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of a large number of institutions across the nation working to assist these students. If you are contacted by a student or parent regarding the possibility of late admission because of the hurricane, please suggest that they contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 217/333-0302. For financial aid assistance, please refer callers to 217/333-0100. We are able to accommodate up to 40 students and have already received our first one, who will be on campus this weekend and will start classes next Tuesday. We also are exploring ways to accommodate displaced faculty and graduate students, and we are sharing our engineering and planning expertise through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other response agencies.

George Mason University:

  • Easing application process
  • May withdraw w/ no penalty when desire to return to original institution
  • Must prove registration at original institution
  • General easing of registration processes
  • Guidance available
  • Faculty urged to enroll beyond deadlines
  • See website for info at:

Many of you have offered suggestions and expressed concern about the aftermath of Katrina and what Mason can do. University Life has been diligent, and will separately send out information about charitable donations. Thanks to University Life also, we have identified current Mason students from the region and are in contact with them; we will be asking their instructors for appropriate flexibility in the timing of assignments to allow for them to offer assistance back home. Admissions early on offered opportunities at Mason for qualified local students who attend schools in the affected area, and we will be temporarily enrolling several. Many people have worked hard to expedite this. But here too, we need faculty help in force-adding those students to classes wherever possible. I am also willing -- another good suggestion -- to try to provide working space for any marooned faculty, if needs are called to my attention. Other ideas are welcome.

Peter N. Stearns, Provost

University of Louisiana at Lafayette:

Jessica Fender, a reporter with the Baton Rouge Advocate writing a story on displaced college students and the help available for them, emailed me that she has received "a ton" of emails and press releases about universities like Illinois, Texas, Arizona State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and the Arkansas state system extending late admission and generous financial aid packages to college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Many schools are waiving tuition for these students and offering additional financial (and I'm happy that my school is on this list). I have no idea how many schools are making these offers, but apparently there are many across the

There will be articles in the Baton Rouge Advocate (including an interview with one of my new students from Tulane) and the Lafayette Daily Advertiser tomorrow morning to inform students and parents of the help that's available, and I hope that other news outlets will pick up this story because these students are scattered across the country now.

Jim McDonald / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

We here at LeTourneau University are housing a number of students who have been evacuated. They aren't enrolling, but they are being taken care of for as long as is necessary. Additionally, our students are collecting money and also volunteering their time to assist the RedCross at our Maude Cobb Convention Center where hundreds of refugees are being housed and at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission which is housing and feeding others.

Annie Olson/ Chair, Department of English/ Assistant Professor of English
LeTourneau University, P.O. Box 7001 / Longview, TX 75607-7001/ (903) 233-3311 Homepage--
OwLet-- / Blog--

Arizona State University: You may direct some students to this webpage:] for information on another university assisting displaced students. Or, the information is available on the ASU homepage []

University of South Alabama:

Dear Arts and Sciences Faculty: The Deans met yesterday and considered a motion to provide assistance to students previously enrolled in Tulane, UNO, and other universities that have been forced to close due to Hurricane Katrina. We have decided to do what we can to provide help. Students from these schools who wish to be take courses at USA this fall and spring will be allowed to apply as transients.

Each student will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Students admitted as transients will be allowed to enroll this fall and start classes next week, but only if instructors give approval for the late adds. Instructor approval will be required for any additions to class rolls. Each emergency transient student will attend a special registration session to be held this coming Tuesday (Sept. 6) at 8:45 am. Representatives from each college's Dean's Office will be on hand to assist with registration. We anticipate a relatively small number of students to apply for special transient status (perhaps 20 or so.) College advisors and Associate Deans will assist students with registration, and will help them contact Departmental Chairs or individual instructors to seek approval for late addition to class rolls.

Please note that for those classes in which instructor approval is obtained, each student will be responsible for making up the missed assignments. Instructors should feel free to deny admission if they feel it is unwise for the student to try to make up the week (or so) of classes that have been missed.

G. David Johnson, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
251-460-6280 (voice)
251-460-7928 (fax)

University of Washington:

This message is being sent to all Faculty, Staff, and Students by, with approval of the Office of the President.

September 1, 2005 / Dear UW Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Hurricane Katrina has wreaked a level of destruction unprecedented in any natural disaster in our history. Many lives have been lost or destroyed, and the extent of human suffering in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama is hard to comprehend. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the storm and its aftermath.

Many agencies and branches of government are working furiously to try to meet the needs of the survivors. Each of us, I know, has an impulse to want to help in some way. We have been told that the most immediate need is for resources, so that the organizations on the ground in those states can provide the basics of food, water, shelter, clothing, and medical care. The best thing we can do to help is to give generously to the organizations providing relief. These include the American Red Cross, United Way, the Salvation Army, Northwest Medical Teams, and other relief organizations. Information on where to send donations may be found on the web sites listed below.

As members of an academic community, we can also make some unique contributions. A number of universities in these states, particularly those in and around New Orleans, will not be able to resume classes for quite some time. Many universities are opening their doors for students from these institutions to continue their education. In the case of the University of Washington, we expect inquiries from perhaps 50-100 students attending universities in New Orleans, most particularly Tulane University. We will welcome these students to temporarily continue their studies at UW for as long as it takes for Tulane to reopen. Our plan is to accommodate students in a program comparable to the one in which they were enrolled and to have the tuition revenues that would normally go to Tulane continue to be directed to that institution. It is critically important for Tulane and other universities affected by this disaster not to lose revenue and to have students return to their universities as soon as they reopen, whenever that may be.

Several fine professional and graduate schools in New Orleans have also been affected by the storm. Deans from around the country are accepting students into their classes. In particular, medical school deans are participating in an emergency conference through NIH to determine how best to assist these medical centers in this time of critical need. We are also working through University Libraries with colleagues at Tulane and its neighboring institutions on plans to preserve their library holdings. Without electricity and adequate climate control, library holdings may be at risk, and our librarians and others around the country are working to address this issue.

The magnitude of the disaster will grow in the coming days and weeks. Recovery will be enormously expensive and will take years. Right now, emergency relief agencies are trying to help people survive, and our dollars and support are urgently needed. I know our community will respond as it always does in times of need, with compassion and generosity.

Mark A. Emmert, President

web sites:

Add Oklahoma City University. This morning our president invited students to come for the semester tuition-free and asked alumni and trustees to open their homes to help out with housing. Later today, our admissions director said her office had been exceptionally busy with calls and visits from parents and students who want to take advantage of the offer.

Marsha Keller
English Department Chair/ Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK 73120/ 405-521-5359

Neumann College:

Yesterday at our Welcome Back mass and picnic, the president of my college outside of Philadelphia, PA, announced my college's initial action plan for helping out-- to begin accepting students from Catholic colleges in Mississippi and New Orleans. They listed five or six colleges with which they are setting up various articulations for starting and completing programs. We, too, are at capacity for enrollments, but it is very important that we make space for dozens more who have been displaced from their undergraduate and graduate studies. I'm not sure what the plan may be
for faculty members (full and part time) who have been displaced from their lives as teachers.

The first student from one of the colleges in the disaster area is en route to Neumann College, and Admissions is working with other Admissions officers and presidents from colleges affected to see how else we can support the needs of those colleges, at least temporarily until those systems are back in place. Neumann's Mission and Ministry Office has also started a collection to be targeted for Catholic Charities in the areas. There is going to be another detailed list of actions that faculty, staff, students, and administrators will be involved with, as we all are wondering how we can best help out.

Gail Corso
Coordinator of Writing
Neumann College
Aston, PA 1904-1298 --

North Carolina State University:

North Carolina State University expresses its concern and support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In response to the tragic events on the Gulf Coast, NC State is taking a number of steps to offer assistance to those in need. These include the following:

· The university will accept students from colleges and universities directly affected by the hurricane. For up-to-date information, go to

· Leaders from NC State Greek Life and other student organizations have agreed to take a leadership role in the university's relief efforts and are organizing an open meeting to identify interested groups and coordinate fund-raising activities on campus. The meeting, open to students, faculty and staff, takes place at 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 1) at Witherspoon Cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center on campus.

· At Sunday night’s football game against Virginia Tech, student-athletes from virtually all available NC State varsity squads will be volunteering their time to collect funds for hurricane victims. Fans should look for “Hurricane Relief” signs at each of the public stadium gates to contribute to the effort. These gates will be staffed by student-athletes with American Red Cross donation buckets.

· NC State is contacting its students from the hurricane-affected states to offer financial assistance, as needed.

Sent by: Chris Anson

Professor of English
Director, Campus Writing and Speaking Program
Box 8101 (OR) 131G Tompkins
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105
(919) 513-4080

The University of Central Florida is allowing college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina to register for classes on a space-available basis. Students who were enrolled this fall at universities that have been closed because of the hurricane may apply to UCF by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Students can call 407-823-6188 for enrollment information; a 800 number will be posted at later this week. Because UCF started classes Aug. 22, admissions staff will work one-on-one with displaced students to expedite admission, enrollment and financial assistance processes.

Application fees will be waived, and students will pay in-state tuition rates. UCF will provide guidance and tutoring assistance, as well as referrals for housing and other necessities. Students will be offered admission on a case-by-case basis and will be required to sign a form verifying they were registered elsewhere and have been displaced. Students who are unable to provide transcripts and other official materials immediately will be allowed to do so at a later date to be determined. By late Thursday, more than 30 displaced students had contacted UCF about possibly enrolling.

Karla Saari Kitalong, Ph. D.
Department of English
University of Central Florida, Orlando - 407-823-6257
To the GW Community:

George Washington University:

As you all know, Tulane University and several other institutions of higher learning in New Orleans and the immediate region have experienced massive disruption of their operations and are unable to begin fall semester classes. It is estimated that some 75,000 students are affected.

GW will welcome students from these universities as nondegree students on a space available basis. Any late registration fees that these students might incur will be waived upon providing verification of matriculation at their home university or college.

Students wishing to enroll in classes at GW should review the admission and registration procedures for nondegree students at . They also may wish to contact the Office of University Students at 202.994.1972 or Graduate students are advised to contact the appropriate GW department or program regarding course selection and availability.
Please note that no University housing is available for these students.

Donald R. Lehman / Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Dayton:


We are sure that you join us in offering prayers for everyone affected by the tragedy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and in the desire to do something to provide support and assistance. Many of you may be responding on a personal level and we are writing to inform you that there are steps being taken for the University of Dayton community to respond on an institutional level.

One of the immediate steps is that a handful of displaced students, mainly undergraduate, but some graduate, will be enrolling at UD. Rob Durkle, director of admission, is coordinating this process and we will keep you informed of new developments. We ask that faculty and everyone in the UD community make a special effort to accommodate these students as they make a late start in the term and try to regroup after having experienced such a catastrophic event.

There are also efforts across campus to collect donations - monetary and supplies - in support of hurricane relief efforts. We encourage you to contribute to these or other donation drives as you are able. Next week, we will convene a meeting of University faculty and staff to coordinate the University's comprehensive response to the crisis.

Dan Curran Fred Pestello / President Provost
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton OH 45469-1520

University of Texas at El Paso:

UTEP officials announced today that the university is offering admission to students from the El Paso region whose enrollment at universities in the New Orleans area was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Interested students must enroll at UTEP by September 8, 2005.

“Like many universities across the country, UTEP is eager to extend assistance to those whose lives have been adversely impacted by this terrible tragedy,” Diana Natalicio, UTEP president, said. “By offering admission to El Paso area residents who planned to attend universities in the affected region, we will enable them to continue making progress in achieving their academic goals.”

University personnel will work with individual students to create course schedules that meet their academic needs and will arrange for academic assistance so they can catch up on the work in classes that have already begun. UTEP will also work closely with students on such issues as transfer credits and financial aid.

Interested students are asked to contact Dr. Maggy Smith, Dean of the University College, at 915-747-5151, or by email at

Scott Lunsford / Ph.D. Student
Assistant Instructor / Rhetoric and Composition
University of Texas at El Paso /

Statement by Robert M. Gates, President of Texas A&M University

The hearts of the entire Texas A&M University community go out to all victims of Hurricane Katrina. Service to others is a core value of this University, and we feel a special obligation to do all we can to help college students and faculty in the affected area continue uninterrupted with their education and their work. I have formed a special university task force, which will continuously update our ability to assist in this very difficult period. Our current activities are summarized below.


  • Texas A&M will welcome up to 1,000 students for as long as one year from all four-year colleges and universities unable to offer classes this fall because of the hurricane, including schools such as Tulane, Dillard, Southern, Xavier, Loyola and the University of New Orleans. These students will be charged the minimum tuition allowed by state law.
  • Students from impacted universities who are interested in attending Texas A&M this fall should contact Ms. Mary Jane Baldwin in the Office of Admissions and Records at (979) 845-1064 or by e-mail at .
  • Texas A&M will make available for students from impacted schools approximately 140 campus housing assignments and provide assistance in arranging off-campus housing as needed.
  • Texas A&M will make available classroom and laboratory space after hours to institutions that want temporarily to re-locate their programs here. We also are prepared, with available facilities, to host faculty from these universities wishing to continue their research for the next few months.


  • Texas A&M has set aside $200,000 to provide students resources for immediate needs while arrangements are being made for longer-term financial assistance.
  • We also will provide assistance to Texas A&M students whose homes are in the ravaged areas and whose families have been forced to migrate to the local area and are now in need of housing and other daily necessities.
  • Student Body President Jim Carlson is urging Texas A&M faculty, staff and students and other members of the local community to donate canned goods and clothing during the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Open House MSC on Sunday, September 4 from 1-6 p.m. Additional student-led
    activities will be announced subsequently.


  • We will open Cain Hall as a resource center to Hurricane Katrina evacuees for a variety of needed services, including Internet access as a means for contacting family members and friends who remain in the disaster area or who may have evacuated elsewhere.
  • The Association of Former Students will provide a toll-free call center for providing information about university resources. The toll-free number is (888) 440-7345.
  • University police are assisting in providing security for evacuees at designated shelters in the community.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is sheltering animals displaced by the hurricane and subsequent flooding.
  • We can all take pride in the work of one of our sister agencies based here on campus. Texas Task Force One, operated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, has 126 personnel providing search and rescue service in Louisiana.

Joanna Gibson, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Writing Programs
Department of English
Texas A&M University
4227 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4227
Office: Blocker 224
Phone & Voice Mail: 979-845-9935
Fax: 979-458-3235

All Louisiana Colleges and Universities Not Affected by Katrina

all state two- and four-year Louisiana colleges and universities that are not victims of Katarina are accepting late admissions of displaced students. UL-Lafayette is offering deferments of tuition and credits for book purchases and working individually with students on housing. UL-Lafayette admitted 145 displaced students into our English classes this week. We will not be accepting students after today or Tuesday (I have contradictory reports on this), but LSU, Southern University in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Community College, and other campuses between Lafayette and New Orleans will be reopening Tuesday after being closed all this week because of Katarina and the time it takes to restore electricity and better able to accept new students next week. Those campuses have held only a week of classes so far.

Jim McDonald
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Hannibal-LaGrange College:

September 2, 2005 - NEWS RELEASE

Story by: Brandy Campbell, public relations staff writer, ext. 257
Contact: Rhonda Hufty, public relations director, ext. 256

Hannibal, MO-Hannibal-LaGrange College President Dr. Woodrow Burt has announced that Hannibal-LaGrange College will accept applications from eligible students enrolled at an institution in the Gulf Coast flood areas.

  • HLG is extending registration and enrollment deadlines, as well as waiving application fees and late fees. All admitted students will be enrolled as degree seeking guest students and will be eligible for all appropriate financial aid and scholarships.
  • Limited space is also available in HLG's residential halls.

    If you are an interested student or know of a student who is currently enrolled in a college or university that has been affected by the hurricane, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-HLG-1119.
  • HLG is also planning relief trips to the Gulf Coast over Fall Break.
  • They are currently accepting donations that will be sent to the affected areas.
  • "Our heart goes out to those who have been devastated by this disaster," said Burt. "We, at HLG want to do anything we can to help them through this time."

  • Founded in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange College is a four-year, Christian liberal arts college located in Hannibal, Mo.
  • Dr. Burt has announced that we are also waiving tuition fees for Fall 05 for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

According to a message on the Boston University website from our new president, Robert Brown:

"Full-time undergraduate students at Tulane University are eligible to enroll tuition-free at Boston University for the fall semester. Graduate and professional students may also contact BU schools and

will be considered on a case-by-case basis."

Xavier University in Cincinnati issued this statement yesterday evening:

As you know, our sister school-Loyola University New Orleans-was hit by Hurricane Katrina. Although it appears the campus did not suffer significant damage, the city has been severely affected by wind and water damage. I am confident that you will join me in extending our prayers and best wishes to the citizens and, in particular, the students and administrative, faculty and staff  colleagues at Loyola. During the past couple of days several faculty members and administrators have already inquired about what they can do to assist the students.

Having been in touch with our administrative counterparts as well as with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, President Graham and I would like to announce that we are admitting some students from Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, Xavier University of Louisiana or possibly other colleges in the areas hit hardest by the hurricane. I have asked Jim  McCoy, the associate vice president for enrollment management, to be the point person on this matter. While Marc Camille in the office of admission and Paul Calme in the office of financial aid are handling the admission and financial aid procedures for these students, Jim is coordinating efforts with other pertinent offices. I am hopeful that the newly admitted students make progress  in their studies and, at their discretion, transfer earned academic credits to their home institution.  True to our Jesuit heritage, Xavier has put into motion a variety of efforts to assist with the disaster relief efforts. Kelly Leon in the office of public relations is coordinating the dissemination of information (internally and externally) about ways in which Xavier is helping, as well as ways in which all of us in the Xavier community can assist. Kelly is working with Doug Ruschman in the office of Web resources and services to get this information posted on the _University's homepage_ ( as well as on the portal.

I thank you in advance for your flexibility in welcoming these students and for helping Xavier in this example of being men and women for others.

Roger Fortin
Academic Vice President and Provost


(501) 569-8600

UALR Offers Free, Reduced Tuition for Hurricane-Displaced Students
University Joins other System Campuses Providing Price Breaks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 31, 2005) - UALR Chancellor Joel E. Anderson and UA Systems President Alan B. Sugg announced today they will offer free or reduced tuition for college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding.

"UALR will do whatever we need to do to enroll these students from the Gulf Coast region in order to help them avoid a significant interruption in their college studies," said Dr. David O. Belcher, UALR provost.

Sugg said assistance will include waiving tuition for Arkansas residents attending seven New Orleans-area colleges and universities and waiving out-of-state tuition for non-Arkansas residents at those schools.

The assistance will extend through the fall 2005 semester and will not include housing.

"This is a sad and troubling situation and everyone wants to do something," Sugg said. "We believe the most immediate help we can give is to see that these students not lose a semester."

The assistance is being offered to students at Dillard University, Loyola University-New Orleans, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Southern University-New Orleans, Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Anderson and Belcher directed students from those schools wishing to enroll at UALR to the University's director of recruitment, Dr. Robert C. Mock at (501) 683-1147 or via email at

All public four-year schools are joining in this effort: Arkansas State University, Arkansas Tech, Henderson, Southern Arkansas University, and the University of Central Arkansas. The two-year institutions are expected to make similar provisions.

For more information, students can contact the Admissions Office at the following institutions:

Arkansas State University (Jonesboro)
Arkansas Tech University (Russellville)
Henderson State University (Arkadelphia)
Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
University of Central Arkansas (Conway)
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University-Beebe
Arkansas State University-Newport
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
Black River Technical College
East Arkansas Community College
Mid-South Community College
National Park Community College
North Arkansas College
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Quachita Technical College
Ozarka College
Pulaski Technical College
Rich Mountain Community College
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
Southern Arkansas University

Joan I. Duffy
UALR - Office of Communications
501-569-8600 <>

New Mexico State University is working toaccommodate students from colleges anduniversities in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area who want to come to school here. The late registration period ended Wednesday, but the university has received several requests from students who want to transfer here, Provost William Flores said. The following considerations are available:

  • Waiver of late registration fees and extension of add/drop dates.
  • Six-month delay in payment of tuition and fees.
  • Waiver of out-of-state tuition.
  • Simplified NMSU application with extension of transcripts and other requirements for six months, including acceptance of the NMSU non-degree application.
  • Special assistance to find housing here in Las Cruces or near other campuses in the NMSU system.
  • Additional considerations as permitted by the State of New Mexico.

One student from a New Orleans university was enrolled Wednesday, Registrar Mike Zimmerman said, and the registrar’s office has received a number of inquiries from students or relatives of students who have been attending schools in the Gulf Coast area.

Students needing further information on transferring to NMSU should contact Zimmerman at
(505) 646-7526 or

University of Toledo: Here is the link to the webpage for more information.

Texas Tech: Dear Colleagues,

We at Texas Tech can help faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students who have been displaced from institutions by Hurricane Katrina. Tech has just set up a webpage describing various forms of help, from Texas Tech and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center:

Here are the highlights most relevant to our community.


  • The university can accommodate displaced faculty researchers. Texas Tech will welcome them as visiting scholars, and our scholars are willing to share research space and central equipment.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • Students from any state will be admitted on a non-degree basis through Sept. 13. After that date, university officials will work with students on a case-by-case basis.
  • Application fees will be waived for all undergraduate and graduate students who are admitted.
  • The university will waive emergency loan fees.
  • The university will waive certain tuition and fees for this fall semester as allowed by law to enable students to enroll.
  • There are opportunities for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students to temporarily continue their academic development through both online and print-based distance learning courses through the Division of Outreach and Extended Studies. Enrollment and other information is available online at or by calling (800) 692-6877.
  • Enrollment questions should be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management at (806) 742-1480.

ABD Grad Students

The Graduate School will work on a one-to-one basis with those students who have no need for coursework, but who need use of library and research facilities.


The Office of Residence Life has identified space for college students who need to relocated from the storm-damaged area and will work with interested students on a one-to-one basis. For information, call (806) 742-2542. Also, there are many reasonably priced unoccupied rental houses. If rental housing is not a possibility, people from the Tech and Lubbock community may be of help.

The University has created a hot line that will be in service over the holiday weekend for any questions: (806) 742-0000.

Contact: Bob Samples
(314) 516-5665

Sept. 2, 2005

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Media Services
One University Blvd.
414 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

The University of Missouri-St. Louis will waive tuition and required fees for students enrolling at UMSL this fall from colleges that have been closed by Hurricane Katrina.
UMSL had been working since Tuesday to place students in classes and help them with scholarship funds. Campus officials decided this morning to expand its relief efforts.
We do not know what this will cost the institution, but we know it's the right thing to do," UMSL Chancellor Thomas F. George said. "We'll make it work."
Students should call (314) 516-5451 for more information.

Sept. 1, 2005

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire will grant non-degree (special) admission to students from the Granite State who are enrolled in colleges and universities closed because of Hurricane Katrina. Courses are available on a space-available basis and students will be advised prior to registration to ensure that courses are appropriate based on both prior coursework and readiness for those courses.

In addition, UNH advising staff will try to counsel students about the likelihood that their home institutions will be returning to normal in the future and suggesting that they try to obtain information about their options in Louisiana before committing to UNH.

Because of housing pressures, the university is not able to provide housing on campus so students who are unable to obtain rental housing in the area and for whom commuting to UNH will be a problem, we will also ensure that they are aware of UNHM, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Granite State College and the New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges, as well as private options that would work better for them based on location.

More here.

Ball State University
Ball State reaching out to students impacted by Hurricane Katrina (9/2/2005)

Ball State University is opening its doors to college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Because many colleges and universities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have cancelled or postponed the start of the school year due to recovery efforts, Ball State is making special accommodations, allowing undergraduate and graduate students affected by the hurricane to take classes this semester.

"In wake of the horrific situation the residents of many of the Gulf States are facing, Ball State is offering college students the opportunity to continue their education until these universities reopen," said Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. "We pledge to work diligently to assist students to accommodate their individual needs and to welcome them to our campus community."

Tom Taylor, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications, said financial arrangements for incoming students will be made on a case-by-case basis and is encouraging interested students to contact the university as quickly as possible to ensure academic success. Ball State began classes Aug. 22.

To register for classes, undergraduate students should contact the Office of Admissions toll free at (800) 482-4278. Graduate students may call toll free at (800) 382-8540 or (866) 285-4723.

"Academic departments will work with students to help them enroll in appropriate courses, and on-campus student housing may also be available," Taylor said. "However, time is of the essence and we hope to have interested students enrolled as soon as possible."

The Office of Leadership and Service Learning (LSL) is serving as the official Red Cross donation site for the university. The LSL staff and students from Student Voluntary Services also will coordinate events over the next several weeks to raise funds for hurricane relief. Individuals, groups and campus organizations planning a relief program should contact LSL at (765) 285-3476.
Carole Clark Papper
Associate Professor
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

The following is excerpted from a letter sent to the DePaul Community by the University President.

From: DePaulPresident's Office
Date: Friday - September 2, 2005 3:50 PM
Subject: DePaul Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Dear Colleagues,

In the days since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region, members of the university community have reached out to identify our students who may need assistance to provide support and a host of aid services. We have identified a number of current students from the affected region, some of whom are from the most ravaged areas. DePaul's response, like so many universities around the nation, has been swift and gratifying, from deans contacting their counterparts at universities in New Orleans, to Admission staff fielding calls from nearly 200 students seeking temporary, last-minute admission, to Student Affairs staff who have planned prayer services and a fund-raising drive. These efforts illustrate, yet again, that DePaul's Catholic and Vincentian mission is both real and vital.

University Ministry is coordinating a university-wide response, believing that a collective and unified effort will have greater impact. You are invited to join in the following activities:

Three Services of Remembrance and Solidarity
Thursday, Sept. 8
12:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Quad, (Rain Location: Student Center Room 102, former Spirit Shop)

12:30 p.m. Loop - DePaul Center, 11th Floor Student Center

7 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster

Books of Prayer and Remembrance
Anyone may write the names of friends and family whom they would like to remember and keep in prayer, or the private intentions for which they would like the DePaul community to keep in prayer.

The books will be available after the Thursday services at the Loop Campus in the Lewis Chapel and the Lincoln Park Student Center, 1st floor Reflection Room. They will remain available throughout the academic year, and the intentions will be included in the daily mass held at noon Monday-Friday during the school year.

Donations to Support the Relief Effort
Student Affairs is in the process of creating a fund to assist current students from the affected area. Details have not yet been finalized, but will be available early next week. If you would like to contribute to this effort, call Lou O'Brien in Student Affairs at 312/362-5681 or Celeste Frontzak in University Ministry at 773/325-1184 after Sept. 6.

The following agencies are being recommended for your charitable contributions:
Southern Province of Vincentians Relief Fund for St. Joseph Parish in New Orleans

Donations can be sent to:
Congregation of the Mission
NOLA Relief Fund / Fr. Perry Henry, C.M.
3826 Gilbert Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219

Catholic Charities:

Red Cross:

Student Affairs is making counseling available to students via walk-in appointments and group sessions. If you are aware of a student who needs assistance, please refer them to Greg MacVarish, dean of students, at or 773/325-7290.

Meanwhile, the undergraduate Admission staff and Financial Aid staff will extend hours through the weekend to help students seeking expedited admission. Weekend hours will be Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both the Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Loop Campus only, and Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Loop Campus only. If you receive inquiries, you can refer them to the Admission office at 312/362-8300. Deans have arranged for college staff and advisors to be on call.

Admission and Financial Aid staff members have been meeting individually with students who attend schools in the affected region to discuss enrollment options. Most are from the Chicago area and are choosing to apply as visiting students with the intention of returning to their home institutions when they reopen. We are being as flexible as possible in expediting their admission and registration at DePaul. Financial aid staff members have counseled students, even prior to their admission, to address tuition issues. For some students, the option of gaining full admission to degree-seeking status and applying for financial aid is still possible; in those cases, we are making every attempt to complete the process by the time classes start on Sept. 7. The School for New Learning has rolling start dates and is an option for students who seek admission after the start of classes next week.

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M.

PA State System of Higher Ed universities are accepting PA residents who would otherwise be taking courses in LA/MS schools affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Below are the toll-free telephone numbers for the admissions offices at the PASSHE Universities:

Bloomsburg – (800) 745-7320

California – (888) 412-0479

Cheyney – (800) 243-9639

Clarion – (800) 672-7171

East Stroudsburg – (877) 230-5547

Edinboro – (888) 846-2676

Indiana – (800) 442-6830

Kutztown – (877) 628-1915

Lock Haven – (800) 332-8900

Mansfield – (800) 577-6826

Millersville – (800) 682-3648

Shippensburg – (800) 822-8028

Slippery Rock – (800) 929-4778

West Chester – (877) 315-2165

Additional information is available at:

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ has reserved several additional spaces on a one-time emergency basis for Gulf Coast students from Mississippi and Louisiana universities. Students who may not be able to attend college as planned in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina are welcome to apply to Monmouth University for the fall semester. Call Lauren Vento Cifelli, director of undergraduate admission, at 732-571-3456 for more information.In addition Monmouth University students will also be organizing fund-raising drives to help the victims of the Hurricane in the next few weeks.

MEMORANDUM TO: Members of the University Community

As you know, New Orleans and the surrounding region have suffered a natural disaster of epic proportions with Hurricane Katrina. It is clear that these areas, including the colleges and universities in the region, will likely be inoperable for some time to come, and certainly for the fall semester.

In these emergency conditions, New Jersey students who attend college in the affected areas have called Monmouth and other New Jersey institutions seeking to make arrangements to attend in the fall semester. Given the situation and our desire to
help, Monmouth University will admit up to 20 of these students, as commuters, on an emergency basis provided they apply to Monmouth no later than September 19. The normal requirement for verification documents, e.g., full transcripts from colleges, will be waived for such students on admission, in light of the difficulty of securing such records from the affected areas. These credentials will be received and verified over the course of the semester. The LCAC, Admissions, and Registrar's Office will handle the egistrations of these students.

I ask for the complete support of faculty, academic support services, and the University in responding to this national crisis in helping these students make swift arrangements, through advising and placement esting, to enroll in classes and to make arrangements for payment. In addition, I ask faculty to honor the registration of these students and not drop them from courses when they do not have official transcripts of
their previous work, and also to work with these students, as needed, to help them catch up in the courses. We believe that students who are admitted through September 19 will be able to successfully complete their courses.

I thank you for your help and cooperation in doing our small but significant work to help these students and their families cope with the calamity from which they have suffered.

Thomas S. Pearson
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D.
Chair, Research Network Forum at CCCC
Assistant Professsor of English
Monmouth University

The Quinnipiac University community has expressed a tremendous outpouring of sympathy and concern for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey states, “Students, faculty and staff have asked if there is a way that the Quinnipiac community can assist with the disaster relief. As a university community, we will welcome students from universities in the affected areas who might want to enroll at Quinnipiac this fall and do all we can to help them continue their studies.”

. . . the university has made arrangements to assist students who were enrolled in colleges and universities affected in the hurricane areas who now may wish to enroll at Quinnipiac University for the fall semester: Quinnipiac will allow qualified students to register as visiting students part time or full time for the fall. Freshmen should bring copies of their high school transcript and upperclass students should, if they are able, bring copies of their college transcripts to the Admissions Office, who will review their records and refer them to the Registrar’s Office and the Dean’s Offices for advisement/registration. As our fall semester is underway, we will only be able to accommodate students through next Thursday, September 8th. Housing is not available, so students would need to make their own arrangements or commute to the campus. Quinnipiac will not charge them upon entry, and students should provide proof if possible of having paid their home institution. Students are expected to pay tuition and fees to their home institution. Quinnipiac will be in touch with leadership at the affected colleges/universities regarding details of assistance.

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-462-1944.

We are currently working with refugee students on ways to facilitate a move to Connecticut and provide housing, our res halls being at capacity.


Christine Ross

Associate Professor of English

Director, Freshman Writing Program

Department of English

College of Liberal Arts, 321

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT 06518-1908

Phone: 203-582-3378

FAX: 203-582-8709

posted by:
Shirley K Rose
Purdue University
Council of Writing Program Administrators

University of Detroit, Mercy:

The University of Detroit Mercy is extending its help to students enrolled at universities that are closed for the next few months, most particularly our sister institution, Loyola University in New Orleans.
• The University of Detroit Mercy will accept students as "Guest" students.
• Students should contact us immediately as our classes begin Tuesday, September 6. Contact: Denise Williams at or 313-993-1245. Students will be asked for their university identification.
• For Loyola University students, tuition will be Loyola University's.
• Students who had already paid their tuition to Loyola will be asked for documentation.
• Students who had not already paid their tuition will be billed by the University of Detroit Mercy and the tuition will be sent to Loyola.
• For students from other universities, tuition will be billed by the University of Detroit Mercy and arrangements made with the home institution.
• For billing, contact: Leon Dantzer at or 313-993-1421. For financial aid, contact: Sandra Ross at or 313-993-3354.
• Housing and meal plans will be paid to the University of Detroit Mercy. Contact: Monica Leonard or 313-993-1509.
• Students are expected to return to their home university after the fall semester.
• The University of Detroit Mercy will work with the student and home university on transferring credits back to the home university.
• Faculty, staff, and administrators at the University of Detroit Mercy will make every effort to help these students have a successful fall semester.

Dear OMA Colleagues and Programs:

In support of President Emmert's message below and per the Office of Admissions, we are to refer all UW enrollment inquiries from the Hurricane Katrina impacted states and areas to Ms. Dianne Hanks, Enrollment Services Administrative Assistant, at 221-2305. The Office of Undergraduate
Admissions is entrusted with developing the appropriate procedures for enrollment status and coordination with other units to address other associated issues related to classroom management, financial aid, housing,etc.

Once an enrollment status is determined for UW visiting students from these devastated areas and colleges, we are to make every effort to assist these students if they are otherwise EOP eligible. Our commitment to underrepresented, first generation, low income and otherwise disadvantaged
students is the paramount priority and we can assist the university in its overall support effort through the resources and talent that resides within our Division.

The Office of the Vice President for Minority Affairs requests your professional support and commitment as indicated above ,and as determined by the University administration, in this time of need for our citizens from the impacted southeastern states wishing to continue their education under
very difficult circumstances.

University decisions on how to proceed will probably move quickly next week and we will do our best to send along any important developments insofar as the establishment of procedures and enrollment status as we receive them from the Central Administration and Office of Admissions.

Thanks for your support

Enrique Morales
Sr. Associate Vice President
Office of the Vice President for Minority Affairs

University of Louisville:

The University of Louisville is working to help students affected by Hurricane Katrina continue their education. U of L will

¨ Allow students from institutions shut down by the hurricane to enroll late.
¨ Waive application fees, will
¨ Help students locate housing and
¨ Will work with them on financial aid issues.
¨ Displaced students from other states will only be assessed in state rates.
¨ Providing access to key services over the holiday weekend so that they can be ready to attend classes on Tuesday.
¨ Special assistance will be given to these students to help them become oriented to campus. The university also has asked its faculty to accommodate these students in any way possible.

Students wishing to enroll should call 502-852-6531 through Friday afternoon. Students who call over the weekend should call the university operators at 502-852-5555 or 1-800-334-UOFL (8635).

The University is also asking the heads of academic and support units to look for opportunities to bring colleagues from those institutions here. Already at least one administrator has accepted our offer.

U of L will ramp up our efforts next week with a university-wide campaign to raise funds for the victims. The president has challenged each unit or department to raise money for this effort and to turn it in to the Development Office by Friday, Sept. 9. All money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.

U of L also is encouraging any of its current students who may have been affected to call Prafula Sheth, student advocate, at 852-811.

For more, see: