The Duquesne Employee Emergency Program

The Duquesne Employee Emergency Program (DEEP) is designed to help employees who need temporary financial assistance because they are experiencing an unexpected crisis or unforeseen emergency situation. DEEP is a confidential program through the Office of Mission and Identity. 

DEEP provides limited financial assistance for employees who were previously able to manage their finances but are now unable to meet obligations due to an emergency situation. If an employee has long-standing financial problems, the eligibility requirement of temporary hardship would not be met and therefore requests for support would not be appropriate.


Full-time Duquesne University employees who have been employed for at least one consecutive year, are under no active disciplinary action, and have not received a DEEP grant within the past three years.

Emergency situations are events beyond the employee’s control. 

Emergency situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire
  • Natural disaster such as flood, tornado, etc.
  • Automobile accident
  • Theft of property
  • Loss of employment (spouse)
  • Costs associated with the sudden illness or death of an immediate family member

Emergency Requests

The following items are typically covered to provide help in an emergency:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter – to prevent possible eviction from present housing
  • Utilities – to prevent disconnection during an emergency situation
  • Fuel – to provide fuel for heating/cooking
  • Transportation – to aid in costly repairs only when vehicle is necessary to continue employment (i.e. due to accident, fire, or theft).  Aid not to include vehicle payments, insurance premiums, taxes or normal maintenance and repair charges.

DEEP typically does NOT cover requests to pay for:

  • Medical costs that are covered by insurance
  • A refundable deposit
  • Rising cost of fuel for vehicle or home heating
  • Costs not connected to an unforeseen emergency situation
  • Regularly anticipated expenses

Grant Amounts and Limitations

  • The maximum amount that may be granted per request is $1,000.
  • Employees may not reapply for funds within 36 months.
  • The maximum lifetime limit per employee/household is $3,000.
  • Only one application may be submitted per employee/household per emergency situation.

The funds do not have to be repaid,; however the money is subject to IRS regulations.