Affected students given support

Affected students given support

28 Jan 2011

At least 30 new students affected by floods have been offered delayed enrolment of up to a month for courses at La Trobe University’s regional and Melbourne campuses so that they will not miss out on their places.

University students in library This follows calls to the University’s ‘Flood Hot Line’ service set up to provide assistance for students and staff in need.  

The contact number is 1800 774 452 – or email: floodsupport@latrobe.edu.au

All up, more than 50 calls have already been handled by the service, says Acting Vice Chancellor, Belinda Probert.
She says apart from extended enrolment, support ranges from financial help for the cost of lost text books, the provision of trauma counselling, and even accommodation where needed.

Most requests to the service are from Victoria, although some have come from students who live in Queensland.

About half the students who have contacted the service are due to begin their studies this year at the Bendigo campus, a few at Mildura and the rest on the Melbourne campus.  

‘Their circumstances vary greatly,’ says Professor Probert. ‘A few have lost their homes, their text books or enrolment papers. 

‘Others are sandbagging properties or helping relatives and neighbours. In many cases, postal services have not been able to reach them with enrolment documents.’

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