With firefighting resources being diverted to hurricane relief efforts along the Gulf Coast and wildland fire danger remaining extreme throughout much of the West, Oregon State University is easing fall deadlines for student firefighters who can’t make it back to campus in time for the beginning of the school year.
The university is extending deadlines by a minimum of two weeks, allowing students to begin classes as late as Oct. 10. Fall classes start at OSU Sept. 26.
“As fires in the West continue, student firefighters may need to make the difficult choice to delay their arrival at OSU,” said Becky Johnson, OSU vice provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. “Some students may be at a clear academic disadvantage if they miss two weeks of class, and advisers will work with students to carefully explain the consequences of late arrival.”
Affected students who choose to delay arrival until winter term will receive a refund for fall term registration. For information, contact the OSU Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 737-4331.
“We are grateful for the individuals who are working hard to save lives and property,” Johnson said, “and we’re trying to be of assistance to these students in their transition to life at OSU.