Closing the University because of low temperatures

Rarely does the University close because of low temperatures alone. 

School districts close for cold weather much more frequently than we do. We serve adults, and most businesses that serve adults remain open even when school districts close because of cold weather.

We recognize that some of you walk long distances between classes. Our police and safety professionals monitor campus conditions continuously, and we will follow our closing procedures if necessary.

Our job is to keep the University open. We offer a service for which you pay directly.

If we close, we temporarily deny that service to you — 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 you.

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Related: Snow closing information

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