Inclement Weather Policy
In the event that a snowstorm or other inclement weather presents a risk to our faculty, staff, students, or visitors travelling to or from the campus, the provost and the vice chancellor for administration and finance will make a determination about whether to close the campus, delay opening, or initiate an early release. This determination will be made based on weather forecasts and the advice of Public Safety, Facilities, and Student Affairs departments.
The closing of the campus is a procedure that differs depending on the timing of the decision to close and the expected length and severity of the weather incident. The essential factor in the decision is the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors; however, severe weather affecting only a limited number of commuters generally will not result in a campus closing.
In the event of a closing, the university will send out email and text messages to members of our campus community, post information on the home page (www.umb.edu), place a voicemail announcement for callers to the main switchboard (617.287.5000), and notify TV and radio stations. These notifications will be made by 5:30 a.m. if the campus is to be closed prior to the start of the business day.
|Tune in to:||WUMB 91.9 FM||WBZ TV Channel 4|
|WRKO 680 AM||WCVB Channel 5|
|WBZ 1030 AM||WHDH Channel 7|
|WBUR 90.9 FM||FOX Channel 25|
We ask that you do not call Public Safety as those phone lines must remain open in the event of an emergency.
What Announcements Mean:
University Closed / Classes Canceled
- All classes and events canceled.
- All offices and the Healey Library closed.
- Only designated and assigned snow-day personnel to report at regular time .
Delayed Opening / Late Opening / Morning Classes Canceled
- Campus will open for classes at 11:00 a.m.
- All morning classes and events are canceled. Classes will resume at 11:00 a.m.
- Snow-day personnel will report at regular time.
- All other staff will report at 10:00 a.m.
Evening Classes Canceled
- All classes and events beginning at or after 4:00 p.m. are canceled.
- Snow-day personnel will work their regular hours.
- All other staff may leave by 4:00 p.m.
Parking on Campus
No overnight parking in outdoor lots will be allowed during the period from November 1st to April 1st. It is imperative that you honor this policy to ensure that adequate plowing of university lots. Should you have an extenuating circumstance, please call Public Safety at 617.287.7799. Do not call this number to ask if classes are cancelled.
Class cancellations at off-campus sites due to weather conditions will be announced on local radio stations in communities where sites are located.
In the event of an early closing or delayed opening, the shuttle will continue to operate, as long as the roads are passable, for several hours after the closing or before the opening. Be advised that weather conditions may cause delays.
Every effort will be made to have some level of service available when the campus is open for operations.
If the university closes early and there are athletics events scheduled, the Athletics Department, after consultation with Public Safety and Facilities, will determine if the event can occur. If the event is canceled, the Athletics Department will place a recording on the main university phone line at 617.287.5000.
Early Learning Center
The Early Learning Center will be closed during the same time period as the campus closure. If there is an early dismissal the Early Learning Center will arrange with parents for pick-up times.
For specific information about cancellations of special events or other activities on campus, please visit www.umb.edu or call 617.287.5000.