Mason Offers Classes to Hurricane-Stranded Students (Sept. 2, 2005)

Posted: September 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason is accepting and processing applications from Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.-area undergraduate students whose institutions in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are unable to open because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Because of the unique circumstances, Mason will allow students to apply with minimal paperwork and no fee, even though Mason’s fall enrollment is higher than expected and the semester is already under way.

Students may withdraw from Mason to return to their initial institutions with no academic or financial impact if their home institution is able to open for the fall semester.

Proof of registration at the original institution will need to be provided, and the opportunity is open only to students affected by the disaster.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our colleagues impacted by this terrible situation,” says Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and enrollment development.

“Several students who will be attending Mason until their schools are open are looking forward to the chance to get to their academic homes as soon as they are ready,” he adds.

A senior academic adviser has been appointed to work with the students on selecting courses that will be compatible with the typical courses at the institution the student was planning to attend. This will help to ease the transfer back to their original institution and prevent students from losing any academic progress.

“We’re striving to set schedules that will be compatible with their home institutions, and we are trying to provide flexibility and responsiveness to their needs,” says Flagel. “We are hoping to alleviate some of the pressure from our fellow institutions, which are now concentrating on operational issues.”

Students in the affected areas who would like more information on applying to George Mason may call 703-993-2395 or e-mail

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