Update 11/3: Support services for students: housing options; carpooling; coursework

Dear Students:

We know that Hurricane Sandy has left many people in difficult situations that may make travel to the University difficult or even impossible in the short term. Some have lost power or may even have lost their homes.   The recovery journey ahead of us will take some time, but working together we will succeed.

Commuter Students Assistance
Temporary Housing: To assist commuter students in need of housing, the University has available residence hall space.  If you need temporary housing or just would like to be on campus until the train and gasoline problems are resolved, send an email to Resed@mail.montclair.edu and let us know.  Residence Education staff will contact you with the move-in details.

MSU Carpool Directory:
Some students had gas or have been able to get it since the storm and may be able to provide a ride for others close by. We encourage all students (those who need a ride as well as those who can provide rides) to sign up on the Montclair State University Carpool Directory at www.montclair.edu/carpool

Coursework Assistance:

The Provost is working with the Deans, department chairs and faculty to assist students as much as possible with catching up with work and the rescheduling of exams and projects.  I encourage you to contact each of your faculty members via email and/or Blackboard, explain your particular situation and ask for information on how they will adjust the syllabus for the semester and what you might do to keep up with your work.  Some faculty may have posted that information on Blackboard already, so be sure to check that resource first.  Doing so will help you plan out your schedule and develop a new action plan for the remainder of the semester.

Residence Hall Students Currently Living Off-Campus:
Any residence hall student who was placed in temporary housing during the storm and has since left campus, please send an email to Resed@mail.montclair.edu with your name and temporary assignment hall and room number if you will not be returning to campus before Monday, November 5.

NJ Transit:
Most of NJ Transit bus service has returned to regular schedule of operation. Please consult NJ Transit.com for full information regarding bus information.  As of today, Morris, Essex and Montclair-Boonton rail service remains suspended until further notice.

Any student who needs special assistance should contact the Dean of Students at askdeanofstudents@mail.montclair.edu

It is clear that these are not normal times and we will all need to be a little flexible and have lots of patience until things get better. Do the best you can and stay safe.


Dr, Karen L. Pennington

Vice President

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