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Message from Provost Short Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Dear UH Students,

It is our hope that you, your family, and friends are safe and sound in the wake of the devastation that has hit our community from Hurricane Harvey. I, as Provost, and my office will ensure that you are successful in the transition back to campus and academic life at the University of Houston.  

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has issued a ruling that universities impacted by Harvey will not be required to make up missed days during the time that a university was officially closed. In our case, Friday, August 25, 1 p.m. through Tuesday, September 5th, 8 a.m. As such, we will not extend the fall 2017 semester and any cancelled classes or class assignments missed during this time period will not need to be made up. You will be able to complete all the courses for which you are registered and can do so on time. Faculty are being asked to be flexible and use online and other alternative strategies to provide you a quality course without adding additional face-time instruction which would require lengthening the semester. For now, I bring to your attention the following deadline extensions:

  • Drop/Add: The last day to add a class is Tuesday, September 5 and the last day to drop (Official Reporting Date) is Friday, September 8.
  • TA/RA Employment Waivers: The deadline to submit an Application for Non-Resident Tuition Waiver for Graduate Student Assistantships has been extended to Thursday, September 7. Students who are eligible for the TA/RA employment waiver must be fully hired in the system by September 8.
  • The end of the semester deadlines concerning the completion of thesis/dissertation work will remain the same.

Once again, please know that the University of Houston and the Office of the Provost will support you in any way possible during the recovery effort. Do not hesitate to reach out to me at or members of my senior team if you have any questions or concerns. We remain united as Cougars in this difficult time, and I know the storm will not impact your ability to be successful students.   

Kindest regards,

Paula Myrick Short