Closing the University because of low temperatures

Rarely does the University close because of low temperatures alone. 

The safety of all students, faculty and staff is our primary consideration in determining if the campus should remain open. No other factors supersede that one. If we receive information that weather conditions, or any other risks, pose a significant threat to the safety of our campus community, we will act appropriately and immediately.

We serve a different clientele than our colleagues in elementary and secondary education. Our students and employees are adults. They are capable of preparing themselves for inclement weather and for deciding if weather conditions and their own personal circumstances warrant altering their schedules because of the weather.

Second, we offer a service for which its students pay directly.

If we close, we temporarily deny that service to students – including the many who live on or near campus. So, if our observations and consultations indicate that conditions do not present an undue threat to the campus community, we are obliged to provide the service that we have promised to our students.

In other words, our job is to keep the University open.

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Related: Snow closing information

Buchtel Hall on a winter morning. Photo by @steveekaufman on Twitter.