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University extends Humanitarian Relief Efforts Policy

Princeton University has extended its Humanitarian Relief Efforts Policy, which provides two weeks of paid leave for employees to volunteer with agencies working in the Gulf Coast, until June 30, 2007.

The policy was announced last fall following the devastating hurricanes that struck the region. It was set to expire Aug. 31, 2006.

"Given the long-term projections for recovery in the Gulf Coast area and Princeton's continuing commitment to assist in recovery efforts for our partner institution, Dillard University, Princeton encourages its employees who wish to volunteer to discuss this policy and volunteer opportunities with their direct supervisors," said Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, vice president for human resources. "Whether taking advantage of this policy to travel or helping from afar, we appreciate Princeton employees' strong and ongoing support of those in need."

Princetonians have played a key role in helping Dillard, a historically black institution located in New Orleans, resume operations. Forced to shut down for the fall semester due to extensive damage, Dillard began offering classes again in January. Since September, Princeton and Brown universities have been working with Dillard officials in a variety of areas -- from donating computers to providing critical administrative support -- to help restore operations and assist in long-term planning.

Since the Humanitarian Relief Efforts Policy was instituted, 22 Princeton employees have volunteered in the region, devoting their time and skills to projects ranging from home rebuilding to supplies procurement to animal rescue. They have worked with agencies including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

In addition to providing for paid leave, the policy was amended in March to include reimbursement for travel and other expenses incurred as a direct result of participation in recognized relief efforts.

More information about the policy is available on the Office of Human Resources Web site.

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