This policy applies to all activities on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, as well as University activities that are scheduled in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The safety, security and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to the University. The specific circumstances of both residential and non-residential community members will be considered in our decision making.
When it is determined that adverse weather conditions compromise the safety, security and wellbeing of our campus community, the University will cancel classes and events held by the University in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. During such closures, on-campus activities will be reduced or suspended as outlined below. It is the intent of this policy to discourage unnecessary travel to campus by faculty, staff, community members, and non-residential students during adverse weather conditions. It is the responsibility of each vice president and dean to work with their department and program managers to ensure that essential services to support our residential population and University operations are defined and supported.
During times of inclement weather, it is the responsibility of the vice president of public safety, security, and facilities to provide ongoing weather condition reports to the provost and CFO for their consideration. The registrar will be consulted regarding affected classes. The decision to close the campus will be made as soon as is practicable, but no later than 6 a.m. the day of the closure.
The following data will be considered when making a decision to close the campus:
- Temperature: wind chill below -35 degrees Fahrenheit or air temperature below -25 degrees Fahrenheit
- Snow, ice, and wind: substantial accumulation of snow, blowing snow or icy conditions that make traveling dangerous
- Public school system, ACTC, and MPCC closures
Campus Operations During Closure
During a designated campus closure it is important to provide basic services to our residential students. The following services for residential students and essential service support personnel will continue but will be modified given the closure:
- Dining services will be provided in the St. Paul cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Butler Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—the cancellation of scheduled events in the Butler Center will be determined by the athletic director in consultation with the CFO and according to athletic and MAIC policies. Generally non-conference related rental events will be cancelled in line with University Events.
- The Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Housing and Residence Life will be supported by Residence Life professional staff and assisted by resident advisors.
- Public Safety will remain open with professional staffing.
- Facilities, including custodial, will remain open with limited staffing.
- University Events: any events scheduled through University Events will be cancelled upon campus closure.
- The O’Shaughnessy: the cancellation of scheduled O’Shaughnessy events will be determined by the executive director of the O’Shaughnessy in consultation with the CFO and according to O’Shaughnessy policies.
Residential students and those students residing within two blocks of the St. Paul campus may choose to report for student work assignments if related to essential services (Residence Life, Public Safety, Facilities, Butler Center, Library, and Dining Services) and if requested by their direct supervisor. Supervisors should work with student workers to reschedule any work hours that are lost due to the physical campus closure.
On-campus clinical labs will be cancelled upon campus closure. Offsite clinical lab cancellation will be determined by the deans of the Henrietta School of Health in consultation with the provost.