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UVI Bulletin Board for October

University of the Virgin Islands -- St. Croix Campus
University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus

UVI Announces Work Schedule as of Oct. 2 Starting Monday, Oct. 2, the St. Thomas Campus will resume normal working hours. The curfew has been relaxed enough so that our normal working hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. can be re-instituted. Supervisors should be flexible in providing time for employees to travel to work and to address personal needs and circumstances during the work day.

St. Croix employees should report to work consistent with the curfew hours that exist. The same understanding and flexibility discussed above should be extended to all employees on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Some work stations and offices are not ideal, but please do your best under these challenging circumstances.

For those who have lost offices and workspaces, we will create general areas for you to work until your offices are restored.

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Executive Committee of the UVI Board of Trustees Meets with President David Hall  The Executive Committee of the UVI Board of Trustees met with President Hall Thursday, Sept. 28, to receive an update on the university following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The president provided a summary update on both campuses, a facilities update report for each campus and the academic plan moving forward for the university post hurricanes. Also discussed was the plan of action for committee meetings and board meetings due to challenges with communication in the territory.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21.

UVI Announces Recovery Time-frame Post Hurricane Maria The University of the Virgin Islands, now in recovery mode after two category five hurricanes, has adjusted its timeframes for resuming classes on its campuses.

“Hurricane Maria interrupted ongoing classes and operations on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and slowed the recovery on the St. Thomas Campus,” said UVI President David Hall. “However, the university is still committed to saving this semester and holding all students harmless from these dual tragedies.”

Though some classroom buildings have been damaged, all the facilities are expected to be cleaned, restored and ready for operations in two weeks – approximately Oct. 9.  Some classes may resume even sooner, depending on the restoration of permanent power and Internet communications.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Web site at http://www.uvi.edu/  

Students Interested in Residing on STT Campus Asked to Contact Student Housing and Residence Life In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Student Housing and Residence Life is going through the process of assessing housing needs. Student residents are asked to complete this form to indicate whether they would like to return to campus or not. See the link to the “Intent to Return Form.”

If there are any questions, call 693-1110. This form is to be completed by all on-campus residents on the St. Thomas Campus only. All students will be accommodated.

CERC’s 10th Annual Health Disparities Institute Postponed The Caribbean Exploratory Research Center 10th Annual Institute planned for St. Thomas from Oct. 18-20 at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Beach Reef Hotel and Resort has been postponed.

The U.S. Virgin Islands experienced two category five hurricanes within a two-week period that caused significant damage and disruption to the territory’s infrastructure and substantial damage that has resulted in widespread power outages for both business and residential customers; limited and/or intermittent cell phone communication; and limited and unstable Internet access.

The hotel that was to be the Institute’s venue sustained major damage and has closed through the rest of the calendar year for repairs. We will share revised dates and venue as soon as we are able to adjust our plans.

CERC appreciates your continuing support and looks forward to your participation in the Institute at the rescheduled dates, once those have been determined.

Students, Employees Urged to Sign Up for Bucs Alert – UVI’s Rave Emergency Notification System

As we work to recover from two category five hurricanes, communication has become even more vital. All UVI students and employees are urged to sign up for Bucs Alert, UVI’s Rave emergency notification system which is used to share critical information via text messages and e-mail. Participants simply add their cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the “Personal Information” page in UVI’s BanWeb accounts. Those who have already added information to the system are encouraged to periodically check their details in case updates are needed. Additional instructions on signing up for Rave are available online.

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