UD administrators monitor weather situation
4:26 p.m., Feb. 4, 2014--University of Delaware officials are monitoring the weather situation in light of the winter storm warning that will be in effect from 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, through 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Castle County for snow and sleet, then freezing rain. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are predicted, as well as ice accumulations of a 10th inch to a quarter inch. Snow will overspread the region toward midnight, then mix with sleet before changing to freezing rain. The freezing rain is expected to change to plain rain toward mid-morning Wednesday.
News also will be available through the UD telephone information line at 302-831-2000.
In addition, information will be shared with the state Department of Education's School Closings and Delays website.
Members of the campus community should not call UD Police so that telephone lines there can remain open for emergency calls.
Members of the University community are reminded that safety is UD's highest priority. Employees should not put themselves at risk, and those who expect difficulty traveling should contact their supervisors.
The University Policy and Procedures Manual includes a section dealing with personal safety considerations for faculty and students. Please note the policy, which is reprinted here:
Faculty and students are not expected to take unnecessary risks to meet their teaching and learning obligations due to inclement weather. When classes have not been canceled, it is a matter of personal judgment whether traveling to campus is hazardous. Faculty should notify their departmental offices when weather precludes them from meeting their teaching obligations; similarly, students should notify their professors when inclement weather precludes them from class attendance. In such cases, students should be allowed to make up missed class time and, whenever possible, canceled classes should be rescheduled.