Temple will offer matriculated students from the Gulf Coast area the opportunity to attend classes for credit while the devastated area rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina.
Patrick Day, the associate vice president for Student Affairs, said that Temple is involved in a university-wide effort to help students whose schools were affected by the hurricane.
The university will offer students who had been admitted to Temple, but attended schools such as Tulane, Xavier and Loyola, the opportunity to attend classes, while still considered students at their home schools. Students will not be charged, though they will still pay tuition to their original school. Temple will also work to transfer credits back to the student’s home schools.
The Office of Communications said Temple will offer Philadelphia residents who go attend colleges in the Gulf Coast area to attend classes until they can return to their school.
“My understanding is they are not just working with students admitted to Temple,” Day said.
Day also said that it is much easier to place undergraduate students here than it is to place graduate and professional students. This is because there are fewer slots available in the graduate programs.
According to the Office of Communications, professional schools, such as the Beasley School of Law, are also accepting displaced students. This program is restricted to students who were attending either Tulane or Loyola universities, and who are in their second or third year. Temple will accept up to 10 students each in their sophomore and junior year.
The school of Dentistry and the School of Medicine are also allowing students from select schools along the Gulf Coast to attend Temple as visiting students.
Tulane University and Loyola University, both in New Orleans, have canceled their fall semesters, and other colleges and universities in the area are beginning to follow suit.
Temple is also using student donations to contribute to the relief effort. Ted Boscia, of the Office of Communications, said that money raised from Friday’s Block Party on Liacouras Walk and the dance party held at McGonigle Hall would be sent to the American Red Cross.
For the next week, collection booths will be set up at three locations including Liacouras Walk, the Bell Tower and outside of the Student Center. The money collected at these booths will be used to help displaced students who will be coming to the university. It will also be used to help Temple students who are from the Gulf Coast area.
According to the Office of Communications, more than three dozen Temple students are from areas that were affected by the hurricane.
The final day for students to register for classes as a visiting student is Sept. 12. Students who are interested should contact the Office of Admissions at 215-204-8556.
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