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Western Offers Admission To Katrina Displaced Students

September 1, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - College students from areas hit by Hurricane Katrina are invited to attend Western Illinois University, according to Western President Al Goldfarb.

“Following the aftermath of this destructive storm, it is essential that colleges and universities open their doors to help in any way possible,” Goldfarb said. “Students from areas affected by the hurricane may enroll in classes at Western and we will assist these students in any way possible so they can continue their studies in a safe and affordable environment.”

Students displaced by the hurricane will be extended in-state tuition rates and are eligible for Western’s Cost Guarantee program until such time that they wish to transfer to their previous institution. Western’s Cost Guarantee freezes tuition, fees, room and board for students who remain continuously enrolled at the University at the cost level of their first year at Western.

College students from the hurricane-ravaged areas can call the office of admissions at 309/298-3157 or 309/298-3140 for information. While classes began at Western Aug. 22, the University will accommodate students at either the Macomb or Quad Cities campus. The University will defer required application materials until they can be made available.

The University is also aware of the potential for student members of National Guard and Military Reserve units being called to duty for Katrina relief efforts.

“We will provide our students support in their transition from classroom to disaster relief duty,” Goldfarb said.

Western Illinois University students who are notified by the National Guard or Military Reserves to report for processing should immediately notify the Office of the Registrar, Sherman Hall 110. Affected students should speak with Registrar Alan DeRoos or Associate Registrar Deann Combites at 309/298-1891, ext. 223.

Students who need to give notice outside of regular University business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays) should call the WIU Office of Public Safety at 309-298-1949 and mention "activation for military service." The Registrar will notify the student's instructors.

If the processing is of short duration and the student is able to return to school within a week or two, the University's military service policy is to grant sufficient time to make up missed work, tests and assignments. If the student is unable to return to classes, the Registrar will initiate a full University withdrawal with grades of "W," a full credit for tuition and fees, and a prorated credit for room and board.

The full text of Western's military service policy in on the web at

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