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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2005

Contact: Eric Gerber
713.743.8189 (office)
281.627.2065 (cell)
egerber@uh.edu

ALL UH SYSTEM UNIVERSITIES, TEACHING CENTERS CLOSING DUE TO HURRICANE RITA
UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria Shuttered At Least Through Sunday

HOUSTON, Sept. 21, 2005 – The University of Houston, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria and the teaching centers at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch are closing at noon today (Sept. 21) in response to the threat of Hurricane Rita. These facilities – and UH-Clear Lake, which has already closed – will remain closed at least through Sunday (Sept. 25).

All faculty, staff and students at these institutions must be off-campus no later than 6 p.m. Wednesday. Only personnel specifically designated as critical staff will be permitted access to these universities after that time.

At UH, the students who reside on campus are being asked to evacuate. UH officials are providing evacuation support for all students who require it.

Updated public information about the status of these universities following the hurricane will be made available on their respective Web sites and/or by telephone:

UH – http://www.uh.edu/ 713-743-1000, 713-743-2255.

UH-Downtown – http://www.uhd.edu/ 713-221-8000.

UH-Clear Lake – http://www.uhcl.edu 281-283-7600.

UH-Victoria – http://www.uhv.edu/ 361-570-4848.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM

The University of Houston System is the state’s only metropolitan higher education system, encompassing four universities and two multi-institution teaching centers. The universities are the University of Houston, a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university; the University of Houston-Downtown, a four-year undergraduate university beginning limited expansion into graduate programs; and the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the University of Houston-Victoria, both upper division and master’s-level institutions. The centers are the UH System at Sugar Land in Fort Bend and the UH System at Cinco Ranch. In addition, the UH System includes KUHF-FM, Houston’s National Public Radio and classical radio station, and KUHT-TV, the nation’s first educational television station.

For more information about UH visit the university’s ‘Newsroom’ at www.uh.edu/admin/media/newsroom.