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President's Message on Hurricane Response

September 6, 2005

To members of the Northwestern community:

I’m sure that all of you have been deeply affected, as I have, by the tragedy that has occurred in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been devastated by this terrible storm and the flooding that occurred in its wake.

Through the Association of American Universities, we have been in contact with the president of Tulane University, located in New Orleans. Like Northwestern, Tulane is a member of the AAU, a consortium of the country’s leading universities. I am sorry to report that Tulane late last week announced that it would not be able to reopen its campus this fall. While Tulane’s campus was not flooded, the extensive damage to the City of New Orleans infrastructure will prevent Tulane from reopening for some time.

Therefore, Northwestern will assist students from Tulane and other colleges and universities in that area to the greatest extent possible. We will offer students enrolled at institutions in hurricane-stricken areas the opportunity to take classes at Northwestern this fall as visiting students.

Northwestern will waive tuition for those students, allowing tuition revenues to continue to go to those students’ home institutions. If students have already paid their fall semester tuition to their home institution, Northwestern will provide available space in classes at no additional cost. If the visiting students have not yet paid tuition at their home institution, Northwestern will charge the home institution’s tuition and transfer those funds to it.

I also urge you to join me in making a contribution to the American Red Cross or the organization of your choice for hurricane disaster relief. The Red Cross phone number is 1-800-HELP-NOW. The McCormick Tribune Foundation and many faith-based organizations also have established disaster relief funds. The phone number for the McCormick Tribune Foundation is 1-800-508-2848.

The effects of this disaster touch us all. I know that many members of the Northwestern community have families in the area hit by the hurricane. Our thoughts are with them as they begin the long, difficult efforts to recover their lives. We can help by offering an outstanding education to those students who now find themselves without an educational home.  Therefore, I ask that all of you here at Northwestern be flexible, creative and compassionate in assisting those students as much as we possibly can.

Following are details on how students should contact Northwestern to begin the process of attending as a visiting student. This information also is posted on the web sites of the School of Continuing Studies, the Graduate School and elsewhere, and will be updated as necessary.

Thank you for your assistance on this important effort.

Henry S. Bienen


Information for Emergency Visiting Students

Interested undergraduate students should apply through Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies. The application deadline for those students will be extended to Sept. 20. All courses in which space is available offered through the School of Continuing Studies will be open to these students. In addition, where capacity is available, the visiting students may enroll in undergraduate courses in other Northwestern schools, with upperclassmen having priority.

Students seeking to enroll in the emergency visiting students program should visit www.scs.northwestern.edu.

Credits earned by visiting students at Northwestern may be transferred to other colleges and universities. At the end of the fall quarter, Northwestern will give students enrolled through the program transcripts for the courses they complete.

Northwestern also will make available a limited number of rooms in the University's residence halls. Students interested in university housing should inform the School of Continuing Studies during the enrollment process.

Northwestern’s Graduate School will attempt to accommodate any master's or doctoral degree-seeking student from a New Orleans-area university who wishes to be a visiting student at Northwestern for the fall term. Under most circumstances, tuition will not be charged to emergency visiting graduate students. Graduate students from the New Orleans area who may have an interest in studying at Northwestern University for the fall term should contact Associate Dean Simon Greenwold at s-greenwold@northwestern.edu or 847-467-1829.

Northwestern Law School has offered enrollment to 15 second- and third-year law students from Tulane University and Loyola University of New Orleans. Those students are expected to arrive sometime this week.

The Kellogg School of Management will offer a number of seats for the fall term to MBA students who are registered at business schools affected by Hurricane Katrina. Accepted students will have visiting graduate MBA student status at Kellogg. Course credits and tuition will be applied to the student’s home school.

Interested students should contact Kathrine Mott in the Kellogg School Office of Admissions at 847-467-3460 or k-mott@kellogg.northwestern.edu. For specific details, please go to www.kellogg.northwestern.edu

The Feinberg School of Medicine also has opened its classes to visiting students from Tulane. Currently there are three students from Tulane at Feinberg.

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