University of Iowa News
April 14, 2006
NOTE: This statement was updated at 12:56 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2006.
Provost Hogan Addresses Students Affected By April 13 Storm
Subject: What to do if you were affected by the April 13 storm
President Skorton, Vice President Jones, and I have just returned from visiting with students who were displaced by last night's storms, seeing the damage first-hand with them and with some of their parents.
Though the vast majority of us were left unaffected by the storms, those members of our community who were hit hard face devastating losses. This includes many of you, some of whom have lost your books, notes, and computers, along with so much else. Though I'm grateful that all of you are safe, I feel terrible for your loss. I also recognize that you are going to face tremendous challenges in completing your courses this semester.
If you are one of those affected by the storms, I want you to know that the University is ready to assist you in whatever way we can.
If your losses create serious impediments to completing all or part of your schoolwork, please consult as soon as you can with your instructors. I've e-mailed the faculty and asked them to be as flexible as possible in finding ways to help. You might discuss strategies for completing the course on schedule, the possibility of taking an incomplete grade (and finishing the course later), or the possibility of accepting as final the grade you've earned so far in the semester. You and your instructor will need to come to an agreement about your plans for each course. Also, before you pursue any of these options, it's very important that you consult with the Academic Advising Center or your advisor to make sure you've considered all of the implications of your choices.
Remember that the Office of Financial Aid can provide short-term emergency loans, as well as financial counseling.
Also remember that the staff at the University Counseling Service is available to assist any student feeling burdened by the stress of this disaster.
And if you have not already done so, remember as well to call Mom and Dad just to let them know that you're okay.
We'll keep the University web page -- http://news.uiowa.edu/tornado/ -- up to date, so don't forget to check it regularly for more information. You're also welcome to call my office (319-335-3565) or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
At times like this, we're reminded how important it is that we come together as a community to support each other. Personally, I'm also reminded what an extraordinary community this is we're a part of. And that gives me all the confidence in the world that we'll come out of this stronger than ever.
Michael J. Hogan