Given the weather forecast, it seems like we might just skip fall altogether. As I
approach my second Colorado winter, I thought it would be helpful to review how and
when decisions are made about the operations of the university, including closures
and late openings.
When responding to inclement weather conditions, we primarily consider conditions
in the immediate vicinity of campus, including road conditions in Greeley, and our
obligation to students who live on campus. Our facilities staff arrives early in the
morning – some as early as 3 a.m. - to clear snow and de-ice with the intention of
being open whenever possible. Thanks to their efforts, along with the city’s snow
removal from roadways, UNC rarely has to close or open late.
That said, if we do need to close the university or delay its opening, that decision
will be communicated by 6:30 a.m. Notifications of closures are sent via the UNC Emergency
Alert system to campus phones, e-mail and text messages to subscribed cell phones.
In mid-September, we tested the alert system – if you didn’t get a text, this is a
great time to make sure your information in the system is current (visit unco.edu/alerts). We also post the status on UNC’s Twitter and Facebook and let Greeley and Denver media know. A mid-day closure will be communicated through
the same means.
Most of the UNC community resides on campus or within 10 miles. However, we recognize
that some students, faculty and staff have longer commutes from home locations where
weather conditions may vary. We encourage individuals to use discretion in making
decisions about traveling to campus. If the university is open and students are delayed
or unable to travel to campus due to weather conditions, they should notify their
faculty. Employees should discuss appropriate arrangements with their supervisor;
this may include working from home, taking vacation leave or making up the time missed.
Even when classes are canceled or the university is closed, critical functions continue.
These include clearing snow, maintaining campus security, continuing housing and dining
operations, and providing services and activities. Staff in these areas should check
with their supervisors.
Weather conditions can change rapidly. Despite the best efforts of our dedicated facilities
team, keep in mind there may be slick spots on campus during or after a storm. Exercise
caution and report trouble spots to 970-351-2446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When severe winter weather is forecast for Greeley, we will generally post advisories
on the UNC home page and on our social media channels. Be safe out there!
Rowing Not Drifting,