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University monitoring winter storm

March 15, 2017

UPDATE: March 15, 7:30 p.m.
The University will resume regular operations and scheduled activities tomorrow, Thursday, March 16. If there are any weather-related updates or cancellations for Thursday, they will be posted throughout the day on the University homepage, http://rochester.edu, or on the Medical Center’s website www.urmc.rochester.edu (for clinical care).

Round-the-clock snow removal efforts have made University roads, sidewalks and lots accessible. University community members should allow for extra commuting time and take caution when walking on campus to avoid slips; see Winter Walking Safety Tips (PDF). If there are snowy or icy conditions to report, the Snow Removal Hotline is 275-0000.

For emergency assistance on campus, call the Department of Public Safety at 585-275-3333, or call 911.


UPDATE: March 15, 6:50 a.m.
Due to severe winter weather and driving conditions, the University will operate on a limited basis today—only essential employees should report to work.

Strong Memorial Hospital and its health services affiliates will remain fully operational, and Medical Center employees—whether at Elmwood Avenue or any off-site location—are considered essential staff and are required to report even during severe weather. If Medical Center closings occur, information will be posted on www.urmc.rochester.edu for patients, and information for faculty and staff on http://sites.mc.rochester.edu.

Employees who are unsure of their status as essential or non-essential must contact their supervisor.

The University Libraries will be closed today, as will the Memorial Art Gallery. Additional closings will be posted throughout the day on the University homepage: http://rochester.edu/

Essential student services will remain operational, including the dining centers, with the following changes:

  • Douglass Dining Center will be OPEN as scheduled, with limited stations available.
  • Starbucks in Wilson Commons and the Hillside POD will also be open today.
  • The Pit & Rocky’s Sub Shop in Wilson Commons will be closed for service.
  • Pura Vida will be closed today.
  • Eastman Dining Center on the Eastman campus will remain open as scheduled.

University shuttles will be running today, delays can be expected, however, due to the weather. You can also check the bus schedules on the UR phone app.

Facilities snow removal staff will continue to clear snow from University campuses today.

For emergency assistance on campus, call Public Safety at 275-3333; or call 911.

For further information on the University’s Weather Emergency Plan, please visit: http://www.safety.rochester.edu/homepages/ep_homepage.html#weather.


UPDATE: March 14, 9:20 p.m.

The University is continuing to closely monitor the winter storm forecasts and travel conditions to and from campuses. Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, it is expected that the University will be in regular operation. If there is a change to this status, an email communication will go out to the community no later than 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Throughout this weather event, if any employee feels that it is unsafe for them to travel to work, they should prioritize their personal safety, follow their departmental procedures and discuss with their supervisor using the day as vacation time or possible alternative work arrangements.

For the purpose of being able to provide patient care and meeting the needs of residential students, it is University policy to remain in operation and continue regular services and schedules. Facilities grounds crews are conducting overnight snow removal on University roadways and walkways and will continue these efforts during the day tomorrow.

For the full University policy on Operation in Adverse Weather see: http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ep/pdf/6_1WeatherEmergencyPlan.pdf.


UPDATE: March 14, 11:35 a.m.

Based on current forecasts from the National Weather Service, the University plans to remain in operation and continue with most regular activities as scheduled. For the Rochester area, overall accumulation predictions have been lowered for the next few days; conditions tend to get worse east of Rochester toward Syracuse.

Warner School students should check Blackboard for the status of all evening classes. Most all other University classes are not in session this week as part of the semester break.

If you are planning to attend any University event today, it’s best to check with the event coordinator to determine if it will still proceed. The University calendar also has updated event information: http://www.rochester.edu/calendar. Below are some of the few closings that have been announced:

  • The Memorial Art Gallery has closed for the day today
  • The Barnes & Noble Bookstore in College Town will close at noon today, and the Eastman School of Music Bookstore is also closed
  • The Eastman School of Music’s New Horizons Program, as well as its Community Music School have cancelled programs and classes for today

Medical Center Operations:  At this time, all clinical programs are currently open and seeing patients. If closings occur, information will be posted on www.urmc.rochester.edu for patients, and information for faculty and staff on http://sites.mc.rochester.edu/.

The University will continue to monitor the storm and provide community updates. If the forecast or conditions change significantly, information will be distributed by email, the University Information Line (585-275-6111), and can be found on the homepage (http://rochester.edu). Reminder: if there is a change to the University’s operations, all essential staff should report to work unless otherwise notified, and Medical Center employees—whether at Elmwood Avenue or any off-site location—are considered essential staff and are required to report even during severe weather.

If you are unable to report to work, you must contact your supervisor.

Facilities grounds crews are working diligently throughout this event to maintain roadways and walkways. Although the rate of falling snow should allow for effective clearing of sidewalks and roadways, everyone should use extra caution when walking or driving, and allow extra travel time. As always, if you see a snowy or icy condition on a University campus that needs attention, call the Snow Removal Hotline at 275-0000.

For emergency assistance on campus, call the Department of Public Safety at 585-275-3333, or call 911.


UPDATE: March 13, 10:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in the Rochester area for tonight beginning at 8 p.m. through Wednesday night.  The University is closely monitoring the forecast and conditions.

The University plans to remain in operation and continue with regular activities as scheduled. Many, but not all, students are on semester break from classes this week. University community members should allow for extra commuting time with blowing snow expected to limit driving visibility.

In the event this storm does impact the operating schedules of the University or any of its individual schools or units, information will be distributed through University Communications by email, the University Information Line (585-275-6111) and can be found on the homepage (http://rochester.edu).

If there is a change to the University’s operations, all essential staff should report to work unless otherwise notified.  Additionally, Medical Center employees—whether at Elmwood Avenue or any off-site location—are considered essential staff and are required to report even during severe weather. If you are unable to report to work or unsure of your status, you must contact your supervisor.

For emergency assistance on campus, call the Department of Public Safety at 585-275-3333, or call 911.

Further information on the University’s Weather Emergency Plan is available at: http://www.safety.rochester.edu/homepages/ep_homepage.html#weather

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