Southeastern postpones start of classes as region responds to historic flooding

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has postponed the startup of classes for the fall semester to Monday, Aug. 22, due to the widespread flooding in the region and its impact on students, faculty and staff.
     The decision to delay was made after communicating with students, faculty and staff members regarding their status given the impact of the floods. Consideration was also given to the anticipated timeline for re-opening Interstate 12 and input from partner agencies and businesses.
     Originally scheduled to start classes on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the university has also extended deadlines for financial aid, course selection and payment of fees. The campus is open and all services are available as usual for students residing on campus and those able to travel safely to pick up textbooks and parking passes and transact other business.
     “We understand there are students who have suffered tremendous losses and will not be able to start the semester as they may have planned,” said university President John L. Crain. “Their lives have been hugely disrupted, and it likely will be some time before normalcy can return for many of them. We will work with them on a case-by-case basis to make sure they’re able to return to Southeastern whenever they’re ready.”
     The Southeastern campus and Hammond area have emerged from the unprecedented flood largely unscathed. Students in the area who were able to travel started checking into their residence halls on Sunday. While campus operations resumed Monday, only those employees who could travel safely to the campus were expected to do so.
     Changes to the academic calendar include the following:
     -- August 19: Extended fee payment deadline, as well as the final move-in date for campus housing. However, special accommodations will be made for students impacted by the flooding. Please contact or respectively, to request additional time.
     -- August 22-24: Drop/Add Period (students will be able to drop to zero hours, if needed)
     -- August 24: Final day to cancel registration with a 100 percent refund. The university will continue to consider refunds past this date on a case-by-case basis for students impacted by the flooding.
     Additional updates and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the status of the semester can be found on Southeastern’s main webpage,

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