Winter storm warning
UD administrators monitor weather situation
11:17 a.m., Feb. 12, 2014--The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Castle County beginning at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, and extending through 1 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14.
University of Delaware officials are monitoring the weather situation, and any closings or late openings will be posted on the UD homepage and on UDaily. News also will be available through the UD telephone information line at 302-831-2000, and it will be shared with the state Department of Education's School Closings and Delays website.
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Members of the campus community should not call UD Police so that telephone lines there can remain open for emergency calls.
The current National Weather Service forecast calls for 6-10 inches of snow in New Castle County, beginning Wednesday night, as well as the possibility of a trace of ice. Winds of 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, will be possible on Thursday, which could lead to power outages if there are heavy snow accumulations on power lines and tree limbs by the time winds increase.
Information on preparing for a winter storm and extreme cold is available on the Ready.gov website.
Members of the University community are reminded that safety is UD's highest priority. Faculty, staff and students should not put themselves at risk, and employees who expect difficulty traveling should contact their supervisors.
Faculty members unable to hold class should notify their departmental offices, and students unable to attend class should contact their professors. In such cases, UD policy states that students should be allowed to make up missed class time and canceled classes should be rescheduled when possible.
The University's policy is reprinted below:
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.
Given the weather forecast, Environmental Health and Safety reminds all researchers and their staff to close all containers with chemicals; to check and secure any processes that have to run overnight tonight; to avoid starting any new processes, if at all possible; and to close fume hoods according to their building's policy.