University of Minnesota  Appendix

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Please use the contact section in the governing policy.

Types of Closing, Cancellation, or Delay

Closing the University: To cease all operations for UMR, other than those operations deemed essential to the protection of life and property. Closing UMR results in the cancellation of classes, student and staff activities and meetings. All general offices are closed.

Delayed Opening: Refers to opening of all operations at a later time, other than those operations essential to the protection of life and property

Cancellation of Classes (off-campus or on-campus): Means to cancel one, several, or all classes, in the absence of officially closing the entire UMR

Cancellation of Non-Academic Activities: Refers to the cancellation of an event such as athletic events, theatrical productions, concerts, or workshops

Inclement Weather

If a weather emergency situation develops, University officials will collect information on the conditions and consult, and the Chancellor or designee will make the determination on whether to cancel classes or to close the University.

The decision to attend or not attend classes when weather and road conditions are questionable should always be made in terms of what is best for your personal safety. Weather and road conditions can vary greatly depending on where you are and where you need to travel.

Official Closing Announcements and Timing

Whenever possible, the decision to close the University, have a delayed opening, or cancel day classes, will be made prior to 5:00 a.m.

Special attention will be given to night classes as many students travel considerable distances. Whenever possible the decision to cancel evening class will be made by 3:00 p.m.

The decision-making process to close the University is a shared responsibility among senior leaders. When the University will be closed, if there will be a delay in the start of the day, or if a midday change in weather will curtail operations, the appropriate message will go out in a variety of ways:

  • local television stations
  • the University’s homepage
  • email to each member of the campus community
  • UMR's FacebookTwitterand Instagram accounts
  • SAFE-U text alerts

Please remember to check in with multiple places for information.

The U of M President's Office will be notified by the Chancellor’s Office as soon as possible after a decision to close.

Courses Offered at System Campuses

If other U of M campuses close and UMR remains open, or vice versa, arrangements will be made to capture ITV courses at the other location whenever possible. Check your email and MyU for information from your program director and/or instructors.