Dear Vanderbilt Students,
Hurricane Maria is finally winding down after one last threat to the North Carolina coast, and once again I write to you regarding unprecedented devastation, this time in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other areas of the Caribbean. As is always the case, our thoughts are with those affected by the devastation. Although communications and travel infrastructure is slowly being restored, friends and loved ones may even now still be unreachable.
Please remember that if you experience losses and are struggling to cope and to come to terms with these events, Vanderbilt has a variety of resources to assist students. We are growing all-too accustomed to pointing to these resources, but will continue to do so. The list of such resources, including The Psychological & Counseling Center, The Center for Student Wellbeing, and the Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life, follows below. Campus residents may contact their resident advisers or the office of Housing and Residential Education for assistance.
International students may get in touch with International Student and Scholar Services (see below). Although it appears that we do not have any international students from the countries affected by Hurricane Maria, ISSS has reached out to international students from Mexico regarding the devastating earthquakes there.
Undergraduates who have been affected by the storm and who have financial aid concerns should call the Office of Student Financial Aid, and financial-aid recipients should ask to speak with their financial aid officers.
Graduate and professional-school students with financial aid concerns should contact their respective representatives in the financial aid office as well their respective schools’ student services department.
The office of Active Citizenship and Service has redoubled its efforts in partnership with leaders from student community-service groups and Vanderbilt Student Government to plan on-going campus responses to these natural disasters. Included in these current efforts will be Campus Dining’s “donate a side” program to raise funds for disaster relief. Groups or individuals interested in participating in these relief efforts should call Active Citizenship and Service.
Students needing assistance may always call or email the Dean of Students office. Again, please know that we are here to help you.
Associate Provost & Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
Sarratt Student Center 310
Psychological and Counseling Center
2015 Terrace Place
Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Avenue South
Center for Student Wellbeing
1211 Stevenson Center Lane
Housing & Residential Education
4113 Branscomb Quadrangle
International Student & Scholar Services
109 Student Life Center
310 35th Avenue South
Student Financial Aid
2309 West End
Active Citizenship & Service
305 Sarratt | Rand