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KU News Release

August 31, 2005
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-3256

KU to admit Gulf Coast area college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Sept. 23 Update: KU has enrolled 28 students from the Gulf Coast: 19 undergraduates, three law school students and six graduate students.

Sept. 9 Update: KU has enrolled 23 students from the Gulf Coast, including three law school students and four graduate students. Eight additional students have been admitted but have not yet enrolled.

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas is offering to assist college students who've been shut out of Gulf Coast universities by Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina forced several colleges and universities in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi to close and some of their students are looking for opportunities to enroll elsewhere for at least the fall semester.

"In acknowledgement of this natural disaster, we are waiving late admission fees, seeking campus housing options and doing whatever we can to assist these families so that disaster of the hurricane does not impede their college careers," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "We just want to help."

Parents began calling KU's Office of Admissions and Scholarships yesterday. KU Vice Provost for Student Success Marlesa Roney said by noon more than 20 parents had called. Their children had started or were planning to attend Gulf Coast universities swamped by the devastating force of Katrina.

Any student or parent seeking assistance may call the university at 785-864-3911.

Roney said class add and drop schedules would be extended for affected students. Faculty also will be encouraged to assist the late-arriving students in any way.

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