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Office of the President

Hurricane Katrina—Our Continuing Response

September 6, 2005

As the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina become more apparent with each day, many at the University have focused on how they can help the storm's survivors and academic institutions along the Gulf Coast. This tragedy continues to unfold, but I am heartened by the warm and caring response from so many in our campus community.

Most of our schools and other divisions have taken concrete steps to determine how they can support University students whose families have felt the brunt of Hurricane Katrina. Several are accommodating students from Gulf Coast colleges whose plans have been entirely disrupted this fall. While individual circumstances will vary, it is our expectation that the students we accommodate will return to their home institutions when those schools reopen.

Let me highlight some of those divisional responses along with relief efforts now beginning:

As we keep Katrina's victims in our thoughts, we will move forward on these and other actions to help alleviate the terrible conditions in Louisiana and neighboring states.