August 20, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Source: Joe Cox, 541-346-5700

Oregon Universities Plan to Accommodate Student Firefighters

EUGENE - Oregon's public universities have been asked to make special accommodations for students who are battling the state's wild fires.

Chancellor Joe Cox of the Oregon University System sent a memo to state university presidents Monday asking them to make every effort to assist students who may return to campuses late this fall because of the fires.

"While the immediate forecast promises some rain later this week, dry conditions throughout Oregon suggest that the 2001 fire season may extend into early fall requiring many of our students to be on-the-line at time when normal Fall Term registration and orientation processes begin on our campus," Cox said.

"A general delay in the start of classes is unlikely, but OUS campuses will make every effort to assist students who are helping to fight the devastating fires throughout the Western states."

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