Friday, September 02, 2005

Information for Loyola New Orleans Students

What follows are statements from Loyola's President and the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, also temporary website information

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Loyola Blog:

A Message from the President
9/1/05, 6 p.m.

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We all know that we have suffered a terrible loss in Hurricane Katrina. But I want you to know that we are working, as quickly as possible to resume operations. While it will be some time before we will be at work again on St. Charles Avenue, we can continue our work while in dispersion.

We have had a number of generous and supportive offers from other universities. The other twenty seven Jesuit universities are open to accepting our students. You can find information for them at the website for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Also, Louisiana State University will welcome our students. And we are working with options for the Law School. I hope to have these resolved soon.

The faculty and staff should know that we are reestablishing financial operations. We want to be sure that everyone is taken care of in this crisis.

Tomorrow we will open an administrative office where people can contact us by phone or internet. We will try to deal with questions as they come along.

Along with members of our facilities staff and University Police I was on campus through Katrina until yesterday. While we have sustained some damage, the campus is in good condition. We will have to work with the city, and others, to get the basic services restored to campus. I am deeply grateful to the men and women who remained on campus, during the hurricane, to help us through this. I especially want to thank Mr. Paul Fleming and Chief Pat Bailey. At some time in the future, we will take the time to thank formally the many people who have helped keep Loyola together.

This has been an extraordinary time of testing for all of us. The examples of generosity and heroic leadership are many. Our challenges are great but so are our opportunities. We have a chance now to help build a renewed Loyola University in a renewed New Orleans. I look forward to working with you to meet these challenges.

With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.
1 September 2005

Statement by AJCU (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) President on Loyola Students Attending Sister Jesuit Institutions
8/31/05, 5:30 p.m.

We are all deeply concerned about the situation in New Orleans and specifically, about our sister institution, Loyola University New Orleans.

Since there is no definitive date as to when Loyola will resume its regular business schedule, we have sought ways to accommodate Loyola students at our sister Jesuit schools. Each of our schools has agreed to admit Loyola students as visiting students for the fall semester, with the expectation that they would return to Loyola in the spring semester with credits earned transferable back to Loyola. Efforts would be made to fit these students into classes related to their Loyola program.

This policy, recommended by the AJCU Executive Committee, while leaving some unanswered questions at this time, allows AJCU institutions to respond in a concerted way to our sister institution in need. We can presume our goodwill and wisdom will take us the next steps.

Rev. Charles Currie, S.J.
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)


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