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Winter weather advisory
December 15, 2017
Update: Weather Service issues advisory for Dec. 15
Editor's note: This article was updated at 3 p.m., Dec. 15.
University of Delaware officials are monitoring the weather in light of a National Weather Service winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 1-9 p.m., today, Dec. 15.
Current predictions call for an accumulation of 2 to 3 inches of snow in New Castle County, with less in Sussex County. There may be slippery road conditions during the evening commute, and travelers are advised to use caution while driving and should be prepared for changing road conditions and visibilities.
UD Grounds and Custodial staff have been pre-treating and treating campus sidewalks, roadways and parking lots.
DelDot crews are working on primary routes. For interactive traffic maps with latest travel advisories and news visit this DelDot website. City of Newark crews are treating pirmary roads.
According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to taper off later in the evening.
While this snowfall is expected to be minor, when there are campuswide weather-related closings, late openings or early closings, information will be available in a variety of ways:
- On the UD home page (www.udel.edu) and on UDaily;
- On the University's primary social media accounts: www.facebook.com/UDelaware and www.twitter.com/UDelaware, as well as www.facebook.com/UDelPolice and www.Twitter.com/udelpolice.
- In an email to all members of the campus community;
- Via the University's LiveSafe smartphone application, which provides the option to receive email or text updates (To use this option, you must download the free app. For information on how to subscribe to LiveSafe, click here.);
- On UD's telephone directory information line at 302-831-2000;
- On the state Department of Education's School Closings and Delays website, which includes an option for automatic notification (To use the notification option, you must subscribe to this service which is not maintained by UD); and
- On local radio broadcasts.
Students enrolled in the University of Delaware Associate in Arts Program on the Delaware Technical Community College campuses in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown should follow the Delaware Technical schedule regarding closings and late openings.
Members of the campus community should not call UD Police so that telephone lines there can remain open for emergency calls.
Please note that the UD Alert system will not typically be used for weather-related closings unless immediate action is required. UD Alert is an emergency notification tool activated only during major emergencies or situations where there is an imminent danger to the safety and welfare of the University community.
Members of the University community are reminded that safety is UD's highest priority. Students and employees should not put themselves at risk. Students who are unable to get to campus because of the weather should contact their professors. Employees who expect difficulty traveling should contact their supervisors.
University Policies include 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.
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