9 Assistance to Students Affected by Hurricane

 PDAD&C #9, 2005-06


To:               Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:     Vivek Goel, Acting President
Date:        September 6, 2005
Re:        Assistance to students affected by hurricane

The University of Toronto is joining other North American universities in relief efforts to accommodate university students affected by last week’s devastating hurricane in the U.S. Gulf region. More than 30 colleges and universities have been severely damaged by hurricane Katrina, leaving up to 100,000 displaced students.

“The University of Toronto extends its sympathies to all those affected by one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history,” said Professor Vivek Goel, acting president and vice-president and provost. “We will be working diligently with our colleagues at the Association of American Universities to co-ordinate efforts to direct support for students displaced by the hurricane.”

The University is ready to assist eligible undergraduate students from the affected areas. Tuition will be waived for these students and housing will be provided on a space available basis. U of T wishes to support the home universities that have been damaged by the hurricane. Thus, the students admitted are expected to return to their home campuses.

“Our goal is to assist in returning some sense of normalcy for the students as well as helping our sister universities in the U.S. resume normal operations as soon as possible” Goel said.

For further information, contact Miranda Cheng, Director, International Student Exchange Office (416-946-3091, miranda.cheng@utoronto.ca).