Dear Texas Tiger,
It’s tough to be away at college while your home state is suffering through a major hurricane. We, along with the nation, have been tracking Hurricane Harvey’s path through Texas. We know that your heart is with your family, and we hope that everyone remains safe and secure. If you need resources to help you through these trying times, LSU has you covered.
Your one-stop point of contact will be your college counselor, who is familiar with all of the resources available. If you’re not sure who your counselor is, contact University College at 225-578-8281. Students in residential halls may also contact their resident assistant, residence life coordinator, or graduate residence director. These individuals will be able to guide you through the process of recovery and point you in the direction of helpful resources such as:
Academics: If you anticipate needing to be away from your classes in order to assist your family, contact your professors to make arrangements as soon as possible, and let your college counselor know as well.
Counseling: LSU Mental Health offers group, individual, and crisis counseling in a safe and secure environment. You can make an appointment by calling 225-578-8774, and offices are located in the second floor of the Student Health Center. For those who feel they are in a mental state requiring immediate support, The Phone, a 24/7 helpline, is available at 225-924-3900.
Federal Assistance: If your family has experienced significant damage from Hurricane Harvey, please know that the federal government has made resources available. Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ for more information.
Finances: If your family experienced damages that will hinder your financial situation while studying at LSU, you have options. Bursar Operations can guide you through the process of installment payment plans, completing your registration, and more.
Food: The LSU Food Pantry, located in Room 350 of the Student Union, is a free resource designed to help students in need of food. Options available range from canned food to fresh fruit and vegetables. Hours of operation vary daily and can be found here.
Just as Gov. Edwards mentioned in his message to Louisiana citizens earlier today, Texas has been both a good neighbor and friend to Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as subsequent events. Now, it is time for us to return the favor. Tigers, please know that the entire LSU family stands behind you during this natural disaster. We are here to help in any way possible. Stay strong, and stay safe.
Harvey Relief Efforts sponsored by LSU
LSU is raising funds to assist students who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the LSU Student Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.lsufoundation.org/lsustudentrelieffund.
If you are a student in need financial assistance from the fund, please apply for aid at https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/financialaid/student-relief-fund-application.
LSU is also seeking donations to help Houston-area public university students. If you would like to make a contribution, please visit www.lsufoundation.org/txunivdisasterrelief.
If you would like more information about relief efforts, please visit http://lsu.edu/floodrelief