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KEAN DISASTER RELIEF UPDATES

 

Kean University remains committed to assisting the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Here you will find additional information about how to get help, and how you can provide help. We will update this page frequently as new information becomes available. Additionally, the University encourages all community members to reach out directly to faculty, staff and support services when needed for individual guidance and assistance.

 

FUNDRAISING and ASSISTANCE

Kean Sandy Fund

The Kean Foundation has launched a campus-wide fundraiser to support those members of the Kean community who suffered significant loss and hardship as a result of the storm. Details on the Kean Sandy Fund and how you can contribute to this worthy cause are available through the Kean Foundation.   Donations can be mailed to Kean University Foundation at 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083.  Please write “Kean Sandy Fund” on the memo of the check so it can be properly applied.  The Foundation accepts credit cards donations over the phone; please call the Foundation main line at 908-737-3460. The Foundation also will establish a web site where online donations can be securely submitted; more information on this site will be released next week.

For information on how to qualify for assistance from the Kean Sandy Fund, please contact the Kean Foundation directly at 908-737-3460.


AFT NJ Disaster Relief Fund

In addition, AFT NJ has created a Disaster Relief Fund for its membership that provides direct assistance of $250 to member households that sustained significant losses to primary dwellings, personal property, vehicles and due to mandatory evacuations. Grants will be issued based on the availability of funds. To learn more and apply for assistance, visit www.aftnj.org

 

ACADEMICS

Advisement

Many of our students, faculty and staff at both the Union and Kean Ocean campuses have experienced hardships in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.  As we approach the end of the fall semester, Dr. Jeffrey Toney, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has directed all Deans, Executive Directors and faculty members to work closely with students on an individual basis to ensure they receive the critical academic support services needed at this difficult time to keep their academic efforts on track. Dr. Toney also encourages all faculty and adjuncts to utilize all time through the last day of classes on December 21 to complete work.


Incomplete and Pass/No Credit Option

Dr. Toney has advised all faculty that allowances should be made in critical circumstances for students needing additional time for assignments, requesting make-up work. Students should note these options should not be taken lightly as, in some cases, courses without an assigned letter grade can affect your application or admission to a professional or graduate program.  Consult with your academic advisor before selecting one of these options.

 

Incomplete Grade -An incomplete grade would allow students time to complete coursework within one year. An incomplete contract must be completed by the instructor and student. The deadline for submission is December 21, 2012.

 

Pass/Fail - Additionally, as a result of this catastrophic storm, the University is implementing a one-time policy that will allow undergraduate students adversely impacted by the superstorm to have their Fall 2012 course grades converted to Pass/Fail. Please be advised that the cumulative grade-point average is not affected by work completed on a Pass/Fail basis, nor are these credits considered when calculating academic honors. A grade of “P” will be interpreted as achievement at the level of “C” or better.  Students should consult with their academic advisors before selecting this option.

This form can be obtained from the Office of The Registrar’s website and must be submitted by December 21, 2012.


Request for Withdrawal from 2012 Fall Term

All students impacted by hardship can submit an appeal to the Office of the Registrar. This appeal must include supportive documentation and a detailed explanation describing their circumstances.

The last day to submit an appeal for the Fall 2012 semester is December 21, 2012 in order to withdraw from this term.  

 

FINANCIAL AID and WORK STUDY STUDENTS

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to doing all within our power to assist students impacted by the recent storm related events. We realize that many of our students and their families were impacted by Superstorm Sandy, some in more severe ways than others. The Financial Aid office is dedicated to assisting those students who have outstanding Financial Aid issues for the current Fall 2012 semester. If you have an unpaid balance for the current term we urge you to contact our office to discuss possible options. The NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority has extended their standard November 15th deadline to December 14th in an effort to better meet the needs of college students affected by the storm. This deadline assists students who have outstanding documents that need to be submitted and college code changes. For specific information feel free to contact NJ HESAA at (800) 792-8670.

 

Students employed under the Federal Work Study program who were unable to work their scheduled hours during the University’s emergency closing, as a result of Superstorm Sandy, may be compensated for those hours.  This only applies to FWS students who were actively employed and scheduled for work during the time the University was closed due to storm related damage.  Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions via email at finaid@kean.edu with SANDY in the subject area.

 

HESAA Extending November 15th Fall Deadline

The fall deadline is extended from November 15 to December 14, 2012. This will provide students and institutions additional time to submit the following:

  • College code changes
  • AIR Responses
  • Correction of ineligible conditions
  • EOF fall award requests
  • NJ STARS/II certification forms and corrections

All correspondence sent to HESAA must be postmarked no later than December 14, 2012.

The Federal government has declared the State of New Jersey a major disaster area. Therefore all students who are Title IV financial aid participants will be entitled to regulatory relief. The relief extends to lenders, guaranty agencies, and their servicers administering the federal aid programs.

Students and parents with questions about their federal student aid can call 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243)

Borrowers who have questions about their Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program Loan should contact their lender directly or they can call 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) or contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman at 1-877-557-2575 or 1-202-377-3800

Borrowers who have questions about their federally-owned loans (Direct Loans or FFEL Purchased Loans) should contact their federal loan servicer directly. Federal Loan Servicer contact information is available on the Federal Student Aid Loan Servicers webpage.

Check the Financial Aid page of the OCC website for more Financial Aid information. Go to the main OCC page and click on Quick Links for a link to the Financial Aid Page.

For specific questions about OCC Financial Aid, send an email to financialaid@ocean.edu

 

KEAN OCEAN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Kean Ocean students, faculty and staff were hit particularly hard during the storm, and Kean University is working closely in cooperation with Ocean County College to address this group’s specific needs. To that end, in addition to all Kean University services available to Kean Ocean students, OCC is providing Kean Ocean students with access to the following:

Textbooks – the OCC bookstore will work with Kean Ocean students on lending books until the end of the semester, as long as the books are available. Go directly to the Bookstore for more information.

Support Services/Counseling – Kean Ocean students should continue to utilize the Ocean County College Counseling Services which are located in various buildings throughout the campus. Services are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Additional staff from the Kean Union campus will be on-site to provide supplemental counseling support on Friday, December 7 and Friday, December 14.

Here is information on how to locate an OCC counselor:

  • Kate Pandolpho, Director, kpandolpho@ocean.edu; 732-255-0400 x2945; Counseling and Career Services, ground floor, Admin Building (#9)
  •  Nancy Polonitza, Counselor; npolonitza@ocean.edu; 732-255-0400 x2495; College Center, (#16) Student Life, Room 108
  •  Barbara Mawer, Student Development Specialist; bmawer@ocean.edu; 732-255-0400 x2362; Instructional Building, (#6) Room 218

Stress Management Sessions – for all the stressors students are facing, including end of semester stress; no registration required.

  •  Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18; 2:00 – 3:00; Library 101A (Building #3)
  • Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20; 11:00 – 12:00; Library 101D (Building # 3)

Kean Ocean Staff - The Kean Ocean administration office is located in the Library Building, ground floor. The telephone number is 732-255-0356.  Staff are available to help with any questions you might have.  


Carpooling - Students may access OCC's Message Board on Ocean Crusier to obtain carpooling information.  

Kean/Ocean students who do not have access to Message Board on Ocean Cruiser may submit their information to the Coordinator for Student Volunteerism/Programs, Office of Department for Student Life, located in Room 107 of the OCC College Center.

 

 

TEMPORARY HOUSING ASSISTANCE

As a reminder, the Office of Residential Student Services is offering a limited number of temporary housing plans for commuter and Kean Ocean students who have been displaced by the recent weather events. Housing charges will be waived up to seven days. This program is available through the end of the semester.

 

Participating students will be assigned to Dougall Hall, which is a double occupancy traditional residence hall with two bedroom suites and an adjoining bathroom.  Roommate preferences will be honored as much as possible. Students have the option of renewing the contract on a weekly basis.  Students requesting housing for an extended period of time will need to coordinate arrangements with Residential Student Services to pay a daily rate for the period of time requested.  

 

More information is available directly from the Office of Residential Services at (908)737-6800 or via e-mail at reslife@kean.edu.  

 

RESEARCH

Dr. James Drylie, Executive Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Public Administration, is overseeing the development and implementation of a University-wide survey of faculty, students, and staff regarding the overall impact of Hurricane Sandy on their lives and ability to function effectively in the immediate aftermath of the storm. The survey will examine various issues, including:

  • Area of residence during the storm, including residence halls
  • Displacement
  • Loss of power
  • Loss of belongings
  • Personal transportation issues
  • Communication capabilities
  • Immediate family concerns such as child care

Please look for the survey in your email the week of December 3rd, and respond as soon as possible.

 

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

Blood Drive

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. in University Center room 228, the Center for Leadership and Service will host another blood drive to help combat the blood shortage following the cancellation of many blood drives as a result of the storm.

 

Park Clean-up and Restoration

On Sunday, December 2, and Sunday, December 9, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kean University will be assisting the Union County parks system to remove debris and litter from the banks of the Elizabeth River after its overflow from Hurricane Sandy. Shuttle transportation will be provided and departing at 8:45 a.m. from the Vaughn-Eames parking lot. Anyone interested in participating must pre-register in Cougar Link by going to https://kean.collegiatelink.net/form/start/12189.

 

Sandy Relief Clean Up - Day of Action

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, the Center for Leadership and Service will be taking up to 75 Kean University students to the Allenhurst Beach and Loch Arbor, NJ, to assist with the Sandy Relief clean-up. Kean University shuttles will depart from the Wilkins Theatre bus stop at 7 a.m. and return at approximately 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will need to be dressed appropriately for cold weather and work conditions (ex: gloves, boots, etc...). Anyone interested in participating must pre-register in Cougar Link by going to https://kean.collegiatelink.net/form/start/12189.

 

“Hurry Kean Relief” Collection Drive

Throughout the month of December, the Design Studio at Kean will be collecting items as part of their “Hurry Kean Relief” project. There are many shelters that need items such as cleaning supplies, clothes, dental supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc…), batteries, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, games, socks, gloves, undergarments, small flashlights, puzzles, bottled water and personal hygiene items. On-campus donations can be dropped off at Campus School West. A bin labeled “Hurry Kean Relief” is located in the hallway located outside of room 118. For more information, please contact Dawnmarie McDermid, coordinator of the Design Studio at The Robert Busch School of Design at dawnmariemcdermid@gmail.com.

 

Volunteers

Governor Christie’s Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Hotline

                Phone: 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-900-537-7397)

                Email: volunteer@gov.state.nj.us

New Jersey Medical Reserve Groups

                Website: https://njmrc.nj.gov/hcpr/ (For nurses and doctors who want to assist)

 

DONATIONS

Monetary

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

                P.O. Box 95

                Mendham, NJ 07945

                Website: www.sandynjrelieffund.org

                Email: info@sandyrelieffund.org

Bulk/ Large-Scale

Governor Christie’s Hurricane Sandy Donation Hotline

                Phone: 1-855-NJ-DONATE (1-855-653-6628)

                Email: donate@gov.state.nj.us

Food

Items Needed: Meals in a can, canned tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soup, cereal, shelf-stable milk, baby food not in glass jars, diapers, pet supplies, toothbrushes/toothpaste, shampoos, school supplies, water, any non-perishables

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

                Phone: 1-908-355-3663

                Website: www.njfoodbank.org

                Email: email@njfoodbank.org

Clothing

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

                Phone: 1-718-728-5400

                Website: http://www.goodwillny.org

                Email: info@goodwillny.org

Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Inc.

                Phone: 1-856-439-0200

                Website: http://www.goodwillnj.org/index.html

Infrastructure (e.g., gasoline, tankers, construction equipment)

Private Sector Desk

                Phone: 1-609-963-6810

Red Cross Blood Drives

                Phone: 1-800-RED-Cross (1-800-733-2767) to schedule appointment

                Website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

 

Vendors

Hurricane Sandy Vendor Response Hotline

                Phone: 1-609-984-0266

                Email: HurricaneSandyVendorOffers@treas.state.nj.us

                Website: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/notices/110212a.shtml

 

 

DISASTER RECOVERY CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Individuals in Need: NJ 211

                Phone: 1-877-652-1148

                Email: info@NJ211.org

                Website: www.NJ211.org

 

For urgent and immediate health and safety issues:

Call 911

 

To file a claim with FEMA:

Call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Make sure you register with FEMA. A printable form is available here http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/pdf/091211_dr4021_application.pdf

 

To report a downed electrical line:

Contact your local energy provider (info below). Be prepared to give the nearest cross street, or the number of a nearby pole that has not been damaged and is away from any downed wires; the pole number can be found on the metal tag attached to the pole.

  • PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
  • Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L): 1-800-662-3115
  • Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-436-7734
  • Orange Rockland Electric: 1-877-434-4100

 

To report a natural gas leak: Contact your local gas provider.

  • Elizabethtown Gas: 1-800-492-4009
  • New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325
  • PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
  • South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060

 

To report complaints about electric or gas utilities:

                Call the NJ Board of Public Utilities: 1-800-624-0241 or 1-609-341-9188

 

To file an insurance claim, if you can’t find the number of your company or agent:

                Call the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance at 1-800-446-7467 or go to www.dobi.nj.gov

 

To report complaints about insurance companies:

Call the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance at 1-800-446-7467 or go to https://www16.state.nj.us/DOBI_UIC/servlet/Servlet.idxServlet?div+INS

                A printable complaint form is here: http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/complain.pdf

 

To report possible consumer fraud or price gouging by contractors or others:

State law makes excessive price increases illegal during a state of emergency, and for 30 days following the end of the emergency. Call the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-862-209-0130

 

Extension of motor vehicle document deadlines:

To ease the burden on customers who did not have a chance to visit a motor vehicle office in October, MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez has issued Administrative Order 2012-03 authorizing a 30-day extension for all driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and vehicle inspection stickers that expired on October 31. The order is here:

                http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdg/About/Admin_2012-03.pdf

 

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