Campus Closure Policy

Snow piled up in front of the Campus Center

The University of Massachusetts Boston wishes to protect the safety of its community members, research, and facilities during periods of inclement weather or emergency situations.

The following policy applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the UMass Boston campus, located at 100 Morrissey Boulevard and 150 Mount Vernon Street.

When the campus is closed, online classes will be held as scheduled.

Campus Closure Decisions

In the event that a snowstorm, other inclement weather, or an emergency situation presents a risk to our faculty, staff, students, and visitors in commuting to or from the campus, the provost, the vice chancellor for administration and finance, the chief of police, and the assistant chancellor for facilities will make a determination of the appropriate campus response.

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 situation. The essential factor in the decision is the safety of our commuting students, faculty, staff and visitors. However, severe weather affecting only a limited number of commuters generally will not result in a campus closing.

When a decision to close the campus is made, the decision will be effective until 7 a.m. the following morning unless otherwise stated. Please keep in mind every situation is handled on a case by case basis. Exceptions to the rule will be noted in the campus closure alert message. 

Whether the campus is open or closed, please use good judgment in determining whether to travel to campus as conditions will vary depending on the commute involved

When the campus is closed for any reason, students, faculty, staff and visitors must leave for their own safety. Exceptions: designated essential personnel who are required to remain to assist. 

Snow and Emergency Notifications

If a major emergency occurs in which the health and safety UMass Boston community are at risk, the university will activate its UMass Boston Alert System to instantly contact students, staff and faculty via email, text messages, and phone calls. All students, staff and faculty are urged to visit the UMass Boston Alert page to sign up for this important notification service. You can also text the keyword “UMBAlerts” to 672-83. Standard text messaging rates apply.

In the event of inclement weather or emergency, the Office of Communications will inform the campus community of closings and delays via the following:

++Radio and Television. Local stations will carry UMass Boston announcements starting at 5:30 a.m. The following is a list of stations that will carry this message. You can also visit the websites for the following stations. Many stations also offer alert services that will text closure information to your cell phone.

WUMB-FM (91.9) WBZ-TV (Channel 4) WCVB-TV (Channel 5) WHDH-TV (Channel 7) FOX (Channel 25) NECN NBC Boston (Channel 10) WBUR (90.9)

+Class cancelations at other locations due to weather conditions will follow the local city/town where sites are located and will be announced on local radio stations and will also be posted on the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) website at

Please do not call public safety to ask about campus closure decisions as their lines must be kept open for emergency calls.

Campus Closure Definitions

University Closed / Classes Canceled

Delayed Opening / Late Opening / Early Morning Classes and Morning Events Canceled 

Evening Classes Canceled / Early Dismissal


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