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Sept. 1, 2005

Press Contact:
Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330 or mobile (512) 917-9159.

UT Law Statement Concerning Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina

AUSTIN, Texas —The members of The University of Texas School of Law community join UT-Austin in expressing heartfelt sympathy for those in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina.

To honor Dean Ponoroff's request (Tulane University Law School), UT Law will support Tulane's policy of accepting third year students' transient student applications. If you are a Tulane Law School student, please visit this web site (hosted by Emory Law School), to review your school's policy:

For other law students affected, and in addition to the steps outlined by UT-Austin (below), UT Law has re-opened its transient student applications process. Please immediately contact the UT Law Admissions office at (512) 232-1200 or e-mail (Calls preferred).

Statement from The University of Texas at Austin Concerning Students and Faculty Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina

The University of Texas at Austin stands with the nation in expressing our sorrow in this time of terrible tragedy in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. We are committed to providing help this fall to colleges and universities in the New Orleans area which are unable to operate while they are attempting to recover and rebuild. To assist university students and faculty who have been affected by the disaster of catastrophic proportions in our neighboring states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, The University of Texas at Austin is taking the following emergency steps, effective immediately.

These policies apply to students who were enrolling or enrolled in colleges and universities which are in the area of greatest disaster impact and which are likely to remain closed for an extended period.

The details of these policies can be found at Web sites of the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

In addition, faculty members of colleges and universities in the affected disaster areas will be offered the opportunity to work on our campus, with access to office space, libraries, research facilities, and the Internet.

These temporary measures are intended to help students and faculty colleagues in a time of unprecedented disaster. The University of Texas at Austin is firmly committed to aiding the affected higher education institutions in any way possible as they seek to recover from the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina.

We are also concerned about current University of Texas at Austin students who have been affected by this disaster. Those students who need assistance with University matters or matters of a more personal nature are urged to contact LaToya Hill, Emergency Services Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students, at They may also visit the Dean of Students Web site at and go to the "Spotlights and Events" link on that site.

Larry R. Faulkner
The University of Texas at Austin