Message from the Chancellor: Hurricane Harvey Response

Dear Campus Community:

Over the past few days, devastation from Hurricane Harvey has left thousands homeless, businesses destroyed and livelihoods uncertain along the Texas coast. At this point, no one can predict the full magnitude of the damage the storm will leave in its wake. We continue to closely monitor developments and stand ready to offer appropriate aid as needed.

In the meantime, we are working directly with the nearly 900 students on our campus who hail from counties in the path of the storm. Our efforts include everything from exploring academic and financial effects to increasing Campus Life and mental health services to meet the needs of our students during an extremely stressful time.

Many of you will feel a sense of duty to help those affected by the storm. TCU’s Student Affairs division is currently coordinating a campus-wide response, which will be shared with the campus later this week. The most immediate need is monetary donations; individuals who wish to make donations may do so at redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey or by texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

In addition, those wishing to make a gift to directly help TCU students affected by the storm may do so by visiting makeagift.tcu.edu. For “Designation,” select “Other,” and on the following screen, simply enter “Frog Family Crisis Fund.”

In coming days, and perhaps weeks, new challenges related to the storm and its aftermath are almost certain to arise. We will continue to monitor needs and assist agencies providing shelter, food and recovery resources, wherever we can.

Understanding the stress and confusion that can be felt during tragedies like this, our campus resources stand ready to assist those who need support. For students, Brown-Lupton Counseling Center staff (817-257-7863), Religious and Spiritual Life staff (817-257-7830) and the Office of Campus Life (817-257-7926) are available for walk-ins or by appointment.

For faculty and staff, TCU’s Employee Assistance Program provides confidential assistance and referrals at no cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including stress management support services. Resources are available at magellanhealth.com/member or 800-327-1393.

Please watch email, TCU social media and tcu.edu for additional details on how to get involved in relief efforts. And please take care of yourselves and each other; we ask each of you to hold our coastal Horned Frogs and neighbors in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve and recover.

Sincerely,

Victor J. Boschini, Jr., Chancellor