Hurricane Katrina: MIT community
Online message board
An online message
board has been set up by the Alumni Association for the MIT community
to discuss the engineering priorities in areas devastated by Hurricane
Visit the online message board at
Support services for students
Any MIT student who has concerns related to the aftermath of the hurricane should feel free to get in touch with:
Many students may be affected by the circumstances of this disaster and may need personal assistance either immediately or in the ensuing months. Students are encouraged to contact Student Support Services to discuss any issue surrounding their impact or feelings connected with the hurricane. Professional staff are available for personal counseling or to provide special support to students in need.
For more information, contact Student Support Services. http://web.mit.edu/counsel/www/css_what.htm
Support services for staff
While all of us feel concern and sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, some MIT employees may be directly affected by the situation because of family or friends in the Gulf Coast area. Some employees may need time now or in the coming weeks to deal with the effects of the hurricane in their personal lives, and MIT wishes to support them in whatever way we can.
Employees who need time off or a change in work schedule because of the impact on their families are encouraged to bring those requests to their supervisors, and supervisors are urged to respond flexibly, to the extent possible. Employees and supervisors are also encouraged to contact their Human Resources Officer to discuss any issues connected with the hurricane. In addition, professionals in the Personal Assistance Program in the Medical Department are available to consult with employees on a confidential basis, should they have personal concerns.
Personal Leave to Deal with Family Emergencies
Personal Leave to Volunteer for Disaster Relief Activities
There has been an outpouring of ideas and offers from members of the MIT community to help with the hurricane relief efforts, both on campus and in the communities most affected. MIT will grant leaves of absence to those members of the staff who wish to volunteer their time and skills to support the hurricane relief efforts of recognized organizations, depending on the needs of their office or work unit. As with any time off, those wishing to take time away from MIT in order to help with relief efforts should submit such requests to their supervisors. People also may choose to use accrued vacation time to cover some or all of the time away.
The form for requesting personal leave can be found on the web at: http://web.mit.edu/hr/fmla/forms/request.doc (MS Word). For further information on MIT's policy regarding unpaid leave, please see Section 4.16.1 of MIT's Personnel Policy Manual.
For more information:
Human Resources Officers contacts http://web.mit.edu/hr/empservices/hro.html
Financial services for MIT students and alumni
Student Financial Services (SFS) is reaching out to students from areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina by offering financial counseling and accepting requests for new or additional financial aid. For alumni in the Gulf Coast region who are experiencing difficulties in repaying their student loans, SFS can offer advice on how to request payment relief from their lenders.
For more information, visit the Student Financial Services website. http://web.mit.edu/sfs/