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Classes Tentatively Set for Oct. 20; Cleanup is Underway

Cleanup has begun at the University of the Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Omar. The St. Croix campus sustained some damage, with downed trees and water damage in offices, classroom buildings and residence halls. Telephone and internet services on the St. Croix campus are not operational and the campus is currently operating on generator power. The St. Thomas campus received minimal damage.
 
The University will be open for business, in a recovery mode, beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 17th. All essential personnel should report to work based on normal reporting hours. All non-essential UVI employees (faculty and staff) on St. Thomas should report to work on Friday based on normal reporting times. All non-essential UVI employees (faculty and staff) on St. Croix should report to work tomorrow beginning at noon. St. Croix employees are asked to utilize the Research & Extension Center parking lot.
 
University classes on both campuses are suspended until Monday, October 20, 2008. However, both University libraries will be open for service with regular hours beginning Saturday, October 18th. Students who live in the residence halls on St. Thomas may return to the residence halls beginning tomorrow, Oct. 17th, at noon. On St. Croix, students may return the residence halls on Sunday Oct. 19th, after 3 p.m.
 
Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor radio broadcasts, as well as the UVI emergency hot lines for further updates. On St. Croix, the emergency hotline number is 340-692-4168 and on St. Thomas the emergency hotline number is 340-693-1016.
 
UVI students are advised that the University is assessing its options for meeting the standards set by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools with regard to the appropriate number of instruction hours completed.