Student Firefighters Won’t Get Burned by the University of Idaho

Monday, August 10 2009

Aug. 10, 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – Student firefighters are feeling the heat as fire season continues. Though classes begin at the University of Idaho on Monday, Aug. 24, some firefighters will continue to battle forest and wildland fires across the state and the West, even after school starts.

Continuing with tradition, University of Idaho students have options when the fire season bumps up against the start of fall semester, including requesting a delayed return.

"We are supportive of their efforts, and encourage the student firefighters, or a family member, to contact us so we know they do plan on returning," said Nancy Krogh, University of Idaho registrar.

Students simply need to contact the Registrar's Office, which in turn will e-mail the information to their instructors, university housing, financial aid, student accounts and the Dean of Students Office.

"We had 11 students delayed because of firefighting last year. It’s important these student firefighters let us know so we can notify faculty and other on campus to maintain their enrollment and to help facilitate their return," she said.

If a student decides not to return for the semester, tuition and fees are refunded.

To notify the university about a delayed return, call the Registrar’s Office at (208) 885-6731 or e-mail  
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit  

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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit