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Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in coastal and southeast Texas and Louisiana, where Hurricane Harvey created long-lasting, devastating impacts.

Our Holy Cross tradition is rooted in hope, community and service to others. We support one another and lift each other up, especially in times of difficulty. Hurricane Harvey dealt tremendous blows to our hilltop community and our great state, but it has also provided us with the opportunity to come together and care for one another. St. Edward’s is dedicated to helping those within our community that have been affected, as well as our fellow Texans and neighbors throughout this tragedy.

This is the university’s official Hurricane Harvey Support Resources page for those impacted by the storm and those who want to help. Please continue to visit this webpage in the months ahead for up-to-date information on the situation.

Counseling Resources for Students and Employees

If you or someone in your family has been personally affected by the storm, please know that we are here for you and are ready to serve you. We encourage you to reach out as soon as possible so that you can get the appropriate help and resources you need.


  • The Health & Counseling Center provides psychological counseling and medical support: 512-448-8686. After hours: 512-448-8444
  • Campus Ministry provides emotional and spiritual support: 512-448-8499.
  • Academic Counseling:
    - Freshman students should contact their academic counselor for academic support, advising and tutoring services: 512-448-8660.
    - Upperclassman students should contact their advisor within their school. If you do not know who your advisor is, access Degree Works.  
    -If you have missed classes and need help getting caught up, take advantage of our many academic support services


  • The Employee Assistance Program, Alliance Work Partners, provides free and confidential coaching and counseling for employees and their families: 800-343-3822.
  • The Office of Human Resources will help you access the resources you might need: 512-448-8587.

Class Absences Due to Harvey

Students who have not yet been able to travel to campus due to the storm are asked to contact your advisor and faculty members to make determinations about your class schedule. We recognize that you may not be able to reach your advisor and faculty members, and that’s ok. We will be flexible and work with you as you safely make your way back to campus. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hilltop!

Financial Support for Students

St. Edward’s University established the Hilltopper Harvey Emergency Relief Fund (mentioned below) to provide emergency financial support for students impacted by the storm.

Please contact Doris Constantine, associate vice president for Student Financial Services, at dorisc [at] or 512-448-8525 if you are experiencing financial uncertainty related to Hurricane Harvey.

Make a Difference by Donating

400+ of our fellow Hilltoppers are from regions that were ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. These students and their families have already endured terrible losses and now face a harsh reality that their education may no longer be affordable.

St. Edward’s University is committed to ensuring that no student’s education is jeopardized by this devastating natural disaster. The Hilltopper Harvey Emergency Relief Fund was established to help students who have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Qualifying students will receive emergency grants for tuition assistance, as well as resources for books, supplies and incidental needs related to their education.

Many Hilltoppers have already answered the call to give; please consider joining them and make your gift today.

Volunteer Opportunities


We encourage everyone on the hilltop to get involved and contribute in some capacity. Campus Ministry has identified the following volunteer opportunities for the university to participate in.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 | All day | Houston
Campus Ministry will provide transportation to and from campus. Contact lizama [at] (subject: Hurricane%20Harvey%20Recovery%20Volunteer%20Opportunity) (Liza Manjarrez) by 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Winter Service Break Experience

The university has arranged at least one Service Break Experience to the Houston area during winter break. Students must apply by Sept. 26.  


The Houston Chapter of the Alumni Association is working to identify a local nonprofit to support through our annual Founders Day service event, taking place Saturday, Oct. 21. More information will be available through the alumni page as it becomes available.


Mayor Steve Adler has identified many opportunities for you to support our neighbors. View the list of current needs.


If you aren't sure who to call or what to do, contact the Dean of Students Office at 512-448-8408.

For Hurricane Harvey disaster-related information in Texas, call 2-1-1 or visit Texas 211 Statewide Services.