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Cave Hill Hurricane Relief Initiative

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The University of the West Indies at Cave Hill has removed any financial restrictions on students from Caribbean countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. In addition, the university is mobilising financial and other support to meet the students’ needs.

Deputy Principal Clive Landis led a delegation of senior campus officials which met with the students on Friday to be apprised of their most pressing needs. He pledged the campus’ assistance in alleviating their plight in the wake of the recent tropical systems that devastated several Caribbean islands.

The announcement came even as staff and students had mounted campus-wide relief efforts including the collection of supplies for distribution to those affected by the hurricanes.

Professor Landis informed the students that in light of likely financial hardship now facing them, and on the recommendation of Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, the campus will immediately suspend any financial constraints on their accounts which prohibit them from accessing their academic records and study materials.

Students who have not yet paid their tuition in full, or are on payment plans, have been granted the option to defer all outstanding payments for Semester One, a provision similarly offered to students from Dominica in 2015 when Tropical Storm Erica struck that country with widespread impact on the lives and livelihood of residents there.

Students in need of financial support, including all those who are seeking payment deferrals, must visit the bursary for individual evaluation of their cases, Landis said.

Cave Hill, the most regionally diverse of The UWI campuses, has students enrolled from several hurricane-affected countries including Antigua and Barbuda; Anguilla; Dominica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Maarten, the British Virgin islands; the United States Virgin Islands; and Turks and Caicos.

“The campus shares the anguish that has been felt across the region and beyond in the aftermath of these hurricanes and we wish to join in solidarity with our students from all of the affected territories ,” Professor Barriteau stated. “We offer them our fullest support because we are a student-centred, Caribbean-grounded institution.”

“Cave Hill itself is facing its own financial challenges and these may be further exacerbated by our efforts to support our students who have been affected by these disasters, but we are resolute that we need to do everything within our capability to demonstrate our commitment to our students.”

The entire campus community has rallied to the assistance of the affected islands. Several fundraising activities have begun and are planned for the weeks ahead to raise funds for the students and their compatriots.


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