CU Boulder adopted a new campus closure policy in December, which outlines delays and closures caused by severe weather and other emergencies. Large snowstorms are one of the most common reasons why a campus may be delayed or closed. Here are the top things that members of the campus community need to know before the next storm.
Know the operating mode
Campus officials are usually able to announce delays or closures by 5:30 a.m. Notifications of delays and closures are sent via CU Boulder alerts, campus social media channels, and often local broadcast media. You can also view the university’s website for any change in operating status, as well as complete information on campus closing procedures.
Cancellation of dismissal and administrative closure
In the event the campus is closed due to severe weather, the alert will specify class cancellation, administrative closure, or both.
When class cancellation is issued, all in-person and remote (simultaneous) classes for the day are cancelled. Asynchronous online classes, which have no meeting times, will continue without cancellation.
When an administrative closure is issued, the administrative functions of the campus are closed, which may include campus events, facilities, and venues. Essential Services, unless otherwise noted, will continue to operate.
Administrative closure without course cancellation may be rare but may be issued during weekends or academic breaks when there are no regularly scheduled classes.
Sometimes, due to adverse conditions which are dangerous to normal campus operations, the campus delays its opening.
For example, if the campus will have a late start at 9:45 AM, this means that all in-person or remote (synchronously taught) classes, recitations, labs, etc. scheduled to start before 9:45 AM will be cancel it. The faculty takes steps to prepare the subjects and assignments missed during that time in the subsequent term. All classes, labs, recitations, etc. scheduled to begin on or after 9:45 AM will be held as usual. Students who have questions about preparing assignments should speak to their teacher.
How is the postponement of the opening applied during the spring of 2022?
- Anyone or a classroom or remote lab (concurrently taught) that is scheduled to start at or after a late start time will meet as usual.
- Personally Classes, remote labs (which are taught concurrently) and labs that start before the late start time are cancelled, including those that continued after the late opening.
- Online classes taught asynchronously, without a specified start time, are not affected by delays.
Administrative leave is granted to all regular employees for their prescribed working hours during the administrative closure period. Staff can refer to Stormy Weather Guidelines from Human Resources for more information, including requirements and guidance for essential and critical service personnel who may be required to work during delays or closures in accordance with the updated Campus Closure Policy.
Most faculty and staff are not expected to work during an administrative closure or a delayed start regardless of the mode of operation. If virtual multi-campus meetings not related to the shutdown are scheduled, communications will be sent to affected employees as soon as possible. All other meetings are canceled, regardless of the method (ie virtual).
Resources and reminders
Always use caution during inclement weather. It is important to be prepared for adverse conditions on streets, sidewalks, and multi-use trails caused by snow and ice.
CU Boulder, the City of Boulder, and the Colorado Department of Transportation offer many helpful resources and reminders for when the chips start flying.
- If the campus is closed or delayed, the university will send an alert message to CU informing it of the operating status of the campus.
- After determining if the campus is open, the Buff Info line will also provide a recorded message for callers who are not sure if the campus is closed. Buff’s information can be accessed at (4636) 303-492-INFO.
- CU Boulder Operations personnel from multiple departments work in coordination with the city to remove snow from campus streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and multi-use trails. It is always important during storms to be careful when crossing campus, whether on foot, by bike or by car. You are always reminded to wear appropriate footwear and to be careful when entering and exiting vehicles, including buses.
- Snowy weather can cause road closures and cases campus officials have to change bus routes to accommodate safe and accessible routes to and from campus. Riders should check out Transit app for campus bus updates and rerouting alerts. Students, faculty, and staff who travel to and from campus via RTD bus lines are encouraged to sign up for RTD Rider Alerts.
- CU Boulder Emergency Management Department has many features Weather safety tips on its website.
- Boulder City Snow and Snow removal site features key things you can do to stay informed and prepare for a snowy event.
- Include the Colorado Department of Transportation Winter driving safety tips, reminders, and road condition updates on its website.
- Last Weather forecast information for Boulder can be found on the National Weather Service’s website.
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