The Norman Transcript


May 29, 2013

University reassigns tornado victims

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma is moving some of the displaced victims of the May 20 tornado out of emergency housing on campus this week.

The purported reason for the relocation is that the university needs dormitory rooms for upcoming summer programs.

“We are working with OU to transition families into Red Cross shelters,” said Ken Garcia, Red Cross regional director of communications. “There is shelter still available at the Moore Community Center and at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Moore.”

Garcia said the Red Cross understands that the university wants the residents out by Friday.

After the tornado destroyed thousands of homes in Moore, the university opened its housing facilities to victims and out-of-town relief workers, housing more than 300 people in the days following the disaster.

University staff coordinating the emergency shelter said as of May 22, various facilities — including university apartments — were being used as emergency shelter.

“The transition is ongoing, and we’re processing it now. I don’t know about victims staying in the apartments, it’s just my understanding the university needs the dorms for summer activities,” Garcia said. “We’re here to make sure everyone has somewhere to go.”

Diploma replacement: University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that OU graduates who lost their diplomas in the recent tornado will be able to receive a free replacement diploma and diploma cover.

OU provided this same service to those who lost their OU diplomas after the tornado on May 3, 1999. 

Duplicate diplomas may be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Records. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Diplomas may be requested in person or by mail, fax, phone or email at the University of Oklahoma, Office of Academic Records, 1000 Asp Ave., Norman, OK 73019-4076. The phone number is 325-4147, fax 325-7047 and email

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