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Sources: Heather Reed, Karen Low and Scott Jones, 785-532-6432, stulife@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/studentlife/

Friday, June 18, 2010

K-STATE OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS DISPLACED BY RECENT FLOODING

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University is offering assistance to students who have been displaced by recent flooding in the Manhattan area.

"The university is aware that some students have been permanently and unexpectedly displaced from their places of residence. Some have lost most, if not all, personal belongings, while others are unable to return to their residence until an inspection for safety and insurance purposes has been conducted," said Heather Reed, director of student life. "The K-State family understands the serious and disruptive impact this has on those who have been displaced."

Reed said the campus and community are ready to help. Students who have basic emergency needs should contact the Manhattan Red Cross at 785-537-2180.

Flexible housing and dining contracts are available from K-State housing and dining services, 785-532-6453, for students who are seeking temporary housing.

Financial assistance, in the form of emergency loans, is available through the K-State student financial assistance office, 785-532-6420 or finaid@k-state.edu. Also available are grants from the K-State PROUD Campaign through a short application process, http://www.found.ksu.edu/forms/self_nominee_form.php.

Reed said the office of student life, 532-6432 or stulife@k-state.edu, can help displaced students notify their professors with requests for reasonable academic accommodations, if needed. Reed said that such accommodations are at the sole discretion of the faculty member.

All staff members from the office of student life also are available to help faculty and staff on referrals or consultations regarding any other academic or non-academic needs of displaced students, Reed said.

"We know our faculty have many concerns for the academic and personal well-being of students, so we want to thank them for the continued care and commitment they demonstrate and for giving serious consideration to providing displaced students with reasonable academic accommodations on a case-by-case basis," Reed said.