Campus: CSU East Bay -- September 2, 2005
Students At Hurricane-Damaged Universities May
Apply For Fall Quarter At Cal State East Bay
Students enrolled at Gulf Coast universities affected by Hurricane
Katrina are being offered admission to California State University,
East Bay under extraordinary latitude granted the campus by CSU
Chancellor Charles Reed.
Cal State East Bay is among seven of 23 CSU campuses able to offer
admission to students of universities damaged by Katrina. The university
reopened its online application operation today so that students at Gulf
Coast universities in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi could apply.
The university has received numerous inquiries from students at Gulf
Coast universities that have been shut down by the disaster.
Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 22 at Cal State East Bay's Hayward and
Concord campuses and at its center in downtown Oakland.
"In the midst of this tragedy we are reaching out to students who have
been uprooted from their campuses by the hurricane," said Cal State East
Bay President Norma Rees. "Our outstanding enrollment services staff
has three weeks to work with potential students so that their studies
can continue uninterrupted. Our hearts go out to our friends and
colleagues at the universities and colleges along the Gulf Coast and we
are willing to help where ever else we can."
Among the emergency measures authorized by the CSU chancellor, Cal State
East Bay will be permitted to provisionally accept students without
transcripts or the ability to immediately pay their fees. The requirement
to take English and math placement tests will be waived. Students who
are residents of the Gulf Coast states affected by the hurricane will
be exempt from paying non-resident tuition.
Also being explored is the possibility of special conditions on the
federal financial aid regulations for students unable to attend college
in the Gulf states.
Cal State East Bay still has about 100 additional beds that could be
made available to new students in its International House dorm facility
on Carlos Bee Boulevard in Hayward.
Student applicants should contact the Cal State East Bay Office of
Enrollment Services at (510) 885-7563. To apply online, prospective
students should go to www.csueastbay.edu/apply.
"The California State University want to make sure that the educational
goals of students are not interrupted by this devastating hurricane,"
Chancellor Reed said. "We will do what we can, as fast as we can, to
help out these students and their families."
Reed said seven CSU campuses were reserving space for students from
Gulf Coast colleges and universities: Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez
Hills, East Bay, Humboldt, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Some of the
other 16 campuses may accept Katrina-affected students on a case-by-case
basis, he said.
New Orleans area universities include Tulane University, Loyola University
of New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, Dillard University,
Southern University at New Orleans, Our Lady of Holy Cross College,
Xavier University at New Orleans, and Troy State University. None has
yet announced if they will be able to reopen for the fall term.
Cal State East Bay President Rees has a particular interest in helping
students from Dillard University, where her friend Marvelene Hughes is
president. Hughes was president of California State University,
Stanislaus in Turlock before taking the presidency at Dillard earlier
At Dillard, where the fall term began on Aug. 22, President Hughes
ordered the campus evacuated on Saturday. Some 225 Dillard students
fled New Orleans, heading north in a convoy of buses, one of which
developed a mechanical problem and burned up en route, destroying
students' belongings, Dr. Hughes said.
Kim Huggett, Dir. of Public
Affairs, (510) 885-2032, or
Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884