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News alert: UB orders students and staff to evacuate campus by Saturday: Buses to transport students to Sacred Heart University.

Leslie Geary
Friday, August 26, 2011

University of Bridgeport students and faculty living on University property in the South End of Bridgeport have been ordered to evacuate campus by Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene, and all weekend and Monday classes have been canceled.

Weekend classes also have been canceled at all UB campuses, including Waterbury and Stamford.

Other updates include:

  • Move-In Day for returning students has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 30.
  • Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Physician Assistant, Nutrition, IDEAL and School of Education classes will resume or begin classes on Tuesday, August 30, using the regular Wednesday class schedule.
  • The First Day of Classes has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 31, following the Wednesday class schedule.

 

Students who have not made arrangements to stay elsewhere will be bused to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, where emergency shelter is being provided at the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center.

Buses will leave at 10 a.m. Saturday from the University of Bridgeport Marina Dining Facility.  Individuals are asked to bring valuables, clothing, medication, a blanket and a pillow. Food and provisions will be provided.

Students and faculty will receive notification, via the University’s emergency-alert system and website (www.bridgeport.edu), when campus is reopened.

Roughly 600 freshmen moved into UB residence halls this week. Roughly half are expected to be sheltered at Sacred Heart.

UB, Sacred Heart, St. Vincent’s College, and Fairfield University in 2009 signed a memorandum of understanding to provide each other with housing, food, manpower, and information technology during an emergency.

 

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 993-0380, lgeary@bridgeport.edu