UNE makes special provision for flood-affected students

Published 12 January 2011

graham1The University of New England is putting in place measures to ensure that students affected by the floods in Queensland and northern NSW are not disadvantaged.

“The message to our students is simple – they have such a lot to contend with at the moment, and they should not worry about their studies,” said UNE’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Webb (pictured here). “The thoughts of the UNE community are with our flood-affected students and their families, and we will do whatever we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged.”

As many as 150 students due to sit for Summer Semester examinations or special examinations from last year could be immediately affected either because of the inability to travel to an exam centre or by the centre’s closure, while others might be unable to apply formally for assignment extensions because of interrupted Internet and e-mail connections.

Students may be unable to travel to UNE for mandatory intensive schools that begin next week, and those due to begin studies in UNE’s Graduate School of Business may not be able to meet their study requirements. Enrolment processes for both new and continuing students could also be affected.

“The floods are affecting our students in different ways,” Professor Webb said, “and we will be attending to their difficulties on an individual basis.”

The University has established a page on its Web site, accessible from the UNE Home Page, outlining the measures it is taking to help students facing specific difficulties caused by the floods, and providing relevant contact details. Information will also be posted at: www.une.edu.au/insidersguide.

“We recognise that flood-affected students may have great difficulty in contacting us at the moment,” Professor Webb said. “They should not worry about this, but get in touch with us when they can. We send our thoughts and best wishes to those caught up in this terrible event  and assure them that we will be as flexible and accommodating as possible in finding solutions to the issues that arise.”