Weather (or other) Emergency Closings
On any day that severe weather threatens, campus administrators will monitor the situation
to determine if it is necessary to cancel classes or close the campus.
As soon as a decision has been made, the announcement will be recorded on the Snow Line.
You MUST call the Snow Line (860) 626-6808 for cancellation or late opening information.
Do NOT call the Main Office, as this information will not be available at that number.
Closure information, as well as any type of emergency notification, is posted University-wide on a very prominent yellow banner on all campuses’ web pages.
In addition, all faculty, staff, and students can sign up for text messages at http://alert.uconn.edu to have text notifications sent to their cellphones.
As soon as a decision has been made, the announcement will be recorded on the Snow Line. Please do not call the Main Office asking for cancellation information. If there is no cancellation information on the Snow Line, then either there is no cancellation or a decision has not yet been made – that is, if there is no cancellation message on the Snow Line, the staff in the Main Office will not have that information either.
UConn’s Alert System (yellow banner on web page and text messaging) and the campus Snow Line are the best sources for this information, followed by the radio stations, and distantly followed by the television stations. That is because the select information that television stations offer for display is limited and does not always convey complete information.
In the case of cancellation of only a part of a day’s schedule of classes, it is vital that everyone is aware of what is meant by “morning”, “afternoon”, and “evening” classes:
Morning classes are those with start times before noon.
Afternoon classes are those with start times between noon and 3:40 pm.
Evening classes are those with start times of 3:40 pm or later.
To clarify – a class that begins at 3:20 pm or 3:30 pm is an afternoon class and a class that begins at 3:45 pm is an evening class.
List of websites, radio and television stations where delay and closing information:
WZBG 97.3 FM
WTIC 96.5 FM and 1080 AM
WFSB Channel 3
WTNH Channel 8 / MYTV 9
WVIT Channel 30
These three television stations also allow you to sign up to receive an email or text message as soon as they have received the UConn Torrington information. Visit their websites to find out more. However, please be aware that information from a television source may not be fully accurate due to the limited choices they have for display. The University of Connecticut and the UConn Torrington Campus have no control over these optional services.
There is no campus-scheduled make-up time for cancelled classes. Each instructor is responsible for strategizing how to incorporate the missed class material into his/her course.
If there is no delay or closure decision, faculty are expected to hold classes as scheduled. Faculty should set up their own systems for notifying students if they anticipate making individual class cancellations. This is easily done by email from either a HuskyCT site or the email option found on every course’s class roster.
Staff should be aware that the decision to cancel classes does not close the campus and they should use their best judgment regarding driving in adverse weather conditions. Some staff members will need to use accrued vacation or personal time if they make the decision to not report to work. If the decision is made to close the campus, some staff members will need to use a special payroll code on their time cards.
Rev. August 2013