|Not Surprising -
"Tulane University cannot hold a fall semester on its
September 2, 5 p.m.
Dear friends of Tulane,
Since my relocation to Houston, I have had more
access to information about the situation in New Orleans. I
was hopeful that recovery would soon progress. However,
given the ongoing situation in the city, I am forced to make
an extremely difficult decision – Tulane University cannot
hold a fall semester on its campus.
While this news
is extremely disappointing to all of us, our students can
continue their academic careers uninterrupted thanks to an
avalanche of support from our colleagues in higher
Nine of the leading higher education
associations, which represent hundreds of colleges and
universities around the country, have developed a plan to
accept Tulane students, as well as those from other
institutions adversely affected by the hurricane, for the
fall semester only. This coalition has set forth guidelines
for temporary enrollment for the fall semester. Read the
Tulane University will accept credit for
all courses with a passing grade from regionally accredited
universities; such credit will be applied to a student's
Tulane course of study. We encourage all Tulane students to
enroll in courses that they might have enrolled in at
Tulane, but equivalent or near equivalent courses will also
count to degree progress.
Students enrolled in
schools and colleges with accredited professional programs
(for example: Business School, School of Social Work,
Engineering School, and School of Architecture) should
enroll in universities with programs that are also
Our student-athletes are an integral
part of this plan. We want our athletes to carry the torch,
face, and name of Tulane University during this difficult
time and we have worked out an arrangement within the
context of the plan described above. This is made possible
once again with assistance and generosity from colleges and
universities – those in Conference USA and those outside of
the conference - who have generously offered to help keep
our teams together by providing not only academic
opportunities but also practice facilities, playing
facilities and general support.
As a president who
is leading an institution during these challenging times, I
have never been prouder than I am now to be in higher
education. I am so indebted to my colleagues around the
country for developing a plan that is both sensitive to the
needs of our students and will also serve as a lifeline to
those institutions dramatically affected.
we have given guidance to our students, we will turn our
attention to the many issues facing our employees. There are
many unsung heroes in the Tulane community – men and women
whose bravery made the evacuation of our campuses
successful. Some are still on campus protecting our
facilities. The Tulane community is indebted to you. I am
aware of the myriad of questions and concerns of our staff.
We intend to provide helpful information tomorrow.
As you can imagine, there are many issues involved
in managing the university's recovery. I realize you have
questions – probably more questions than we can answer at
this point. Rest assured that there will be opportunities to
communicate and I will make myself available through a
variety of means to do so. I anticipate communicating again
by 1:00 pm CST tomorrow.