Students from Xavier and Dillard universities will be able to attend class and administrators from the two historically Black schools will share office space on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola universities this spring.
The four institutions have formed a consortium that will allow classes to resume in January.
“We are gratified to be able to offer Xavier and Dillard universities our available space to help them through their rebuilding phase as we continue our own rebuilding efforts,” Tulane University President Scott S. Cowen said.
Dillard and Xavier students will be able to attend classes on Tulane and Loyola’s campuses so long as they pay their tuition to their home schools. Tulane and Loyola courses will be available to Dillard and Xavier students on a space-available basis.
“The New Orleans-area universities are a vital part of the state’s economy and higher education community,” Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wildes said. “It’s imperative that we are all able to resume operations and welcome back our students in January 2006. At Loyola, we are committed to re-opening in January and we are also committed to helping Xavier and Dillard while they rebuild their campuses.”
A task force has been organized to formulate details and implementation. The task force will hold a series of meetings in Atlanta, New Orleans and Houston as plans are finalized for the spring.
“While we remain confident of our ability to welcome students back to our own campus, the relationship established with our Tulane and Loyola counterparts will be an important aspect of Xavier’s plans to reopen in January, said Xavier President Norman C. Francis. “It gives us leeway, in the event of any unforeseen challenges or hindrances to restoring full campus operations by then.”
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