harveysliderLamar University announces postponement of the opening of the fall 2017 semester to Tuesday, Sept. 5.  This change in schedule affects all courses including classroom and online.

LU administrators have been monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey and its impact on Southeast Texas and working with local and state public safety services.  Throughout this morning and afternoon there have been numerous reports of mandatory evacuations, delayed school openings in the Beaumont and surrounding areas, roadways that have become impassable and students, faculty and staff who are without services.  The only reasonable and humane decision in light of these reports is to delay the start of classes until Tuesday, Sept. 5.  All of those affected by this historic storm have our sympathy and support.We encourage all who are able, to do what they can to help others recover from this unprecedented event.

University business operations will also resume Sept. 5.  Faculty and nonessential staff will not report to work until that day.  Essential staff may be required to report sooner and will be contacted by their supervisors if necessary.  Employees with hardships that prevent them from reporting should communicate with their supervisors.

The extreme activity and unprecedented difference between actual and forecast effect of Tropical Storm Harvey is challenging to all involved.  Please be assured that the university is committed to the safety and well-being of the members of the Lamar University community.

As further developments arise, students, faculty and staff should monitor the university’s website, social media network and Connect-ED for further updates. All are urged to check local roadway and weather conditions to ensure personal safety while traveling.

Learn more about Lamar University at lamar.edu

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