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UTA assists Texans in need after historic natural disaster

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Media Contact: Teresa Woodard Schnyder, Office: 817‑272‑2211, Cell: 314-422-4162, teresa.schnyder@uta.edu

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Texas is in need, and The University of Texas at Arlington is stepping up to help, as we extend our thoughts and heartfelt prayers to everyone impacted by recent storms. 

Students

Thousands of our on-campus and Academic Online (AO) students are from areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed. The University has been working to make direct contact with every student to ensure they are okay and determine how the University can help. Faculty have been asked to make accommodations, such as extending assignment deadlines and rescheduling exams so that students who want to stay enrolled are able to.

Police

Four members of the UTA Police Department left campus Wednesday morning to assist The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. UTAPD will provide much-needed relief to UTHealth police officers who have been working non-stop since preparations for Hurricane Harvey’s landfall began. Officers will be deployed to Houston for one week, and UTAPD will rotate other officers in their place if additional support is needed.

Colleagues offer prayers before four UTAPD officers departed campus to drive south to Houston to provide relief to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Police Department.

National Guard

About 30 UTA students who are members of the Texas National Guard deployed when Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for a full-scale activation. The students are working with their individual units, performing everything from search and rescue operations to security. Some are assisting with cleanup efforts.

Research

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Nick Fang is working with emergency personnel in Harris County, using a radar-based flood warning system he developed when he was a civil and environmental engineering doctoral student in Houston. His data helped Rice University and the Texas Medical Center initiate emergency protocols. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are also using Fang’s data.

Donations

Many UTA student groups are taking in donations for hurricane victims. Students have collected personal care items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as diapers, baby wipes and socks for evacuees who are now in shelters across Texas.

 Students drop off donations of socks and diapers on the UTA campus.

Emergency Fund

In a campus-wide email, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari reminded Mavericks that an Emergency Assistance Fund is available for students who have been impacted and need immediate financial assistance for basic needs.  Victims can visit uta.edu/eaf or contact studentaffairs@uta.edu. Students may also call 817-272-6080 during business hours for assistance. Counseling is also available by calling 817-272-3671 during office hours and 817-272-TALK (8255) for after-hours care.

UTA has reached out to universities and colleges in Southeast Texas and stands ready to assist as and when needed. As a community that cares for one another, we will do everything we can to help.

FAQs about the Emergency Assistance Fund

Is this a resource being used for students impacted by Hurricane Harvey?

The Emergency Assistance Fund is a student support fund to support students affected by an emergency or crisis. Hurricane Harvey and the related flooding impact would allow UTA students to make use of this resource.

Have students utilized the assistance fund for this reason? 

UTA has received dozens of formal applications for Emergency Assistance support related to Hurricane Harvey.   

How much money is available to students? 

Funds are awarded to aid in short-term crisis matters which would otherwise jeopardize the student’s ability to attend UTA. Award amounts can range from $25 to $500 depending on the amount of funds available and each student's circumstances. All monies awarded are provided by generous donations and gifts to the University.  Restrictions may apply as not to jeopardize a student's scholarship and financial aid award. 

Are there funds being set aside specifically for the impacted students? 

At this time, a separate fund has not been created, but affected students are eligible for support through the Emergency Assistance Fund.