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Ohio University taking measures to accommodate students displaced by Hurricane Katrina

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2005) -- Ohio University is taking steps so that students whose college careers are interrupted by Hurricane Katrina can attend Ohio University until their universities and colleges are operational.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Katrina," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said. "As a university community we will reach out to students who might wish to join us this fall and do all we can to welcome them and help them to continue their studies."

The university's admissions process will be extended until Sept. 13 for students who were displaced by the hurricane. Fall quarter opens Sept. 6. Displaced students can contact the Office of Admissions at (740) 593-4100. The university has already enrolled seven students.

Among measures being undertaken to meet the displaced students' circumstances are:

  • The financial aid process will be expedited and aid will be provided in the same manner as to those who met first-consideration deadlines.
  • Application fees and deposits will be waived.
  • Special orientation, academic advising and course registration assistance will be provided.
  • On-campus housing will be provided. Temporary spaces have been identified where students can be housed immediately, pending a move to a permanent residence.
  • One-quarter housing contracts are available, as opposed to standard yearlong contracts.
  • Deadlines will be extended for payment of bills.
  • The Dean of Students Office will provide additional assistance that students might need to make a successful transition to Ohio University.

Ohio University's regional campuses in Chillicothe, Ironton, Lancaster, St. Clairsville and Zanesville are offering similar support and accommodation. Interested students are encouraged to call the campus' Student Services Office.

"We particularly want to reach out to Ohio resident students," Director of Admissions David Garcia said. "Given that our fall term does not begin until Sept. 6, we can help them get started without missing any or few classes."

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ATHENS CAMPUS (Main campus)
Joyce Pae
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
(740) 593-4101

Doug Hennig
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
(877) 462-6824
(740) 775-2813

Kevin Chenoweth
Student Services Manager
(800) 648-3331
(740) 695-1720

Pat Fox
Enrollment Manager
(888) 446-4468
(740) 654-6711, ext. 209

Carol Allen
Student Services Director
(800) 626-0513
(740) 533-4609

Monica Jones
Student Services Director
(740) 588-1439

Media Contact: Dean of Students Terry Hogan, (740) 593-4022, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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