Hurricane Ida Updates & Resources

Dear Xavierites,

As many of you are aware, the campus was without power for over a week due to Hurricane Ida, and all electrical and mechanical equipment was inoperable during that time.

To stabilize the campus, Xavier issued an emergency declaration to authorize an external restoration company to place emergency power and generators in several facilities across campus, including all residence halls. Currently, all of our facilities are operating under normal conditions, and we have taken the following steps to ensure your safe return to campus.

  • Dehumidified all facilities after the storm
  • Serviced Mechanical Equipment, including changing filters
  • Certified all elevators to ensure proper working conditions
  • Deep cleaned storm-damaged areas and removed damaged flooring
  • Removed debris and prepared it for transport
  • Removed food items from refrigerators (UC and Residence Halls)

If you encounter any missed areas that need urgent work, please contact us using the QR code or the link on the attached flyer using your cell phone or email.  We will prioritize requests and provide service as soon as possible.

Xavier University of Louisiana will reopen campus on Monday, September 13, 2021. 

We will continue remote instruction through September 17, 2021, returning to in-person instruction on September 20, 2021, with some possible modifications as we complete recovery efforts.

Residential students may return to campus on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Students will receive additional details from the Office of Student Affairs regarding their return later this week.

Faculty and staff should continue to check with their respective department and division leadership for access to buildings during this period. 

As Xavier continues to progress towards reopening campus following Hurricane Ida’s impacts, we prioritize providing a safe and comfortable learning environment.

 Xavier University of Louisiana will open the Convocation Center as a study and learning center for Xavier students providing access to electricity and Wi-Fi service. The center will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Students will be required to show their IDs or proof of enrollment to enter the facility.

As the recovery process continues, additional hours and learning spaces on campus will be made available and announced via official university communications.

Xavier University of Louisiana's Technology and all System Applications are now available: Banner (Client and Web), BrightSpace, EAB, Degreeworks, Email are all available using VPN and remote access and campus!

 Please keep in mind that the electricity that we are receiving from the city may need a few days to return to normal voltage, but everything has been running for the last 24 hours of testing successfully!

The MyXULA portal is available and everyone should access BrightSpace, our online learning management system, in the normal way with your old password.

Xavier University has fully entered a post-Ida recovery phase as we work to reopen campus as soon as possible.

Our priority at this time is assessing damage, securing assets and cleaning the campus to mitigate existing damage and prevent future damage that could result from water intrusion and roof exposures cause by Hurricane Ida.

These assessments are in effect as we begin the repair work to make the campus safe and comfortable for learning, living and working when we return.

The city has received electric service in zoned areas around the campus and Xavier’s power has been restored in some buildings on campus. This is encouraging news and will expedite our ability to return.

The university is fully positioned to resume classes in a remote asynchronous learning environment beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Students who require emergency financial support as a result of Hurricane Ida are asked to complete and submit an Ida Emergency Grant Application. Questions related to the Ida Emergency Grant Application may be directed to

For all other Hurricane Ida assistance, students should contact and complete the needs assessment survey.

We understand that many are facing severe repercussions from the storm. We have compiled additional resources that you may be eligible for.

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Department of Children and Family Services


WWL’s #OpenNOLA List - (constantly updating with open grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, and restaurants)

Entergy Power Status

Cleco Power Status

School Closures (middle of page)

S&WB Status

News, Business Resources, and Government Aid Links (bottom of page)

Stay strong, Xavierites. We will get through this together.

Stay Connected

In the event of a weather emergency which causes the campus to be closed, the XULA emergency website, the toll-free telephone number 1 (866) 520-9852, and messages sent via the university emergency alert system are to be considered the only official sources of information.