The Millennium Bridge. Photo credit: Jack Harvey

Information for students affected by flooding

The Millennium Bridge. Photo credit: Jack Harvey
The Millennium Bridge. Photo credit: Jack Harvey

The latest updates for the York region can be found at the website https://www.york.gov.uk/flood. Inquiries can be directed to flood@york.gov.uk. To contact the University of York, use the number 01904 324444 or, in an emergency, 01904 323333.

The university can provide a limited amount of temporary accommodation for students whose properties have been grossly affected by the flooding. Inquiries should be sent to accommodation@york.ac.uk.

First Group will be releasing regular information about bus timetables in the city. Most services are now running normally, with the Ouse having stablised and the city centre becoming accessible to public transport again. Information for buses can be found here: http://www.firstgroup.com/york/news-and-service-updates

The university has released information for students who may be worried that the flooding will hamper their their ability to reach campus to deliver assessments or sit written exams. In an email to students, Dr. Steve King, representing the Standing Committee for Assessment, wrote:

The main piece of advice is that affected students should endeavour to take all those exams they are scheduled to take. The normal process for Mitigating Circumstances for a missed exam would involve getting claims approved in advance of the exam, but it is recognised that this may be difficult in holiday periods; the University is currently closed for the period between Christmas and New Year, and staff who might approve Mitigating Circumstances claims are not likely to return to work until Monday 4th January.

 

So, if you can make it to an exam, please do so. However, if the disruption caused by flooding of your own housing means that it is impossible to attend an exam, then you should be reassured that there are mechanisms available to take account of this: for instance, if necessary, we can offer you the chance to take any missed exam at a later date, with the mark being used in place of the January exam.

 

A Mitigating Circumstances claim form, together with necessary evidence, should be submitted as soon as possible after the missed exam. Similar advice applies if you are due to submit an open assessment in early January: submit on time if you possibly can. Otherwise, if your work has been severely affected by flooding, please submit a Mitigating Circumstances claim form, with appropriate evidence, as soon as possible. Staff will make every effort to approve extensions where appropriate.

For further advice on flooding’s effects on assessments, queries should be directed to sca@york.ac.uk.

Meanwhile, the student union President, Ben Leatham, has created a social media group to support students affected by the flooding with relevant information and assistance (https://www.facebook.com/groups/460644657460419/). It has already gained over 1,500 members. Any students who are in a position to volunteer their time to assist residents in need may wish to fill in the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17KVJl7sCwO3UEfuH5VPir7G8WRuQR56fRICPClptcyo/viewform.

A similar Facebook group for members of the public exists: https://www.facebook.com/groups/998528230188921/?fref=ts.

If you expect floodwater to enter your home, or you have already been directly affected by a flood, the government has provided an information document on what to do; it can be found at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403213/LIT_5216.pdf

For students in private accommodation, the best source of information on the safety / damage to a property would be the property’s landlord. The landlord should be aware of the status of the property and it will be his / her responsibility to cover damages to the property, though this does not necessarily include a student’s possessions inside it.

A Facebook group comprised of York residents has been set up to donate furniture to those whose possessions may have been damaged, destroyed or washed away in the flooding, and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714543692110271/.

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Jack Harvey

Jack Harvey

Alumni & Public Relations Officer at The Yorker
Comment and Politics Editor 2015/2016, Editor 2016/2017, Alumni & Public Relations Officer 2017/2018. History and Philosophy graduate, about to start postgraduate study in Philosophy.
  • AB DE villers

    very nice post