In the event of snow, severe storms, or other emergencies, information about the status of the campus can be obtained in several ways:
No notification means no cancellation. Please avoid calling campus phone extensions to ask staff about a possible campus closure, when the above types of notification are available.
Q: In the event of severe weather, will the decision to close CBC be made the day of or night before classes?
A: The determination to close CBC is made by 5:30 a.m. the day of class.
Q: Why does CBC wait until the morning to announce closures while K-12s often cancel the night before?
A: CBC rarely makes an announcement the night before because our context is different. Parking lots must be cleared for the thousands of students who descend here each day. That work must be completed overnight. City plows are also at work in the wee hours, too, so the condition of roads at 9 p.m. might be improved by 5:30 a.m.
Q: Are day and evening classes treated differently?
A: They are, with decisions made for day classes by 5:30 a.m. and for evening classes by 4:00 p.m. It is possible to have any portion of the schedule cancelled or the campus closed. If an unexpected weather front comes in and it is best to cancel classes midday to allow students and staff to travel home and/or avoid heavy traffic times, the campus could be closed with short notice. Notifications will be provided as stated above.
Q: If the campus is open, am I required to come to class?
A: It is your decision whether or not you are comfortable driving on the roads to campus. If you do not make it to class, it is important for you to contact your professor as soon as possible to let him or her know why you were not in attendance. Ultimately, it is up to each professor to determine how he or she will handle these types of absences.
Q: Why isn't the campus closed on some days when the news is reporting hazardous road conditions?
A: We view and listen to the expected weather, but we depend on first hand reports of road conditions received through our campus maintenance, security and weather reporting services to determine whether or not they are passable.
Q: If my class is cancelled, will it be made up?
A: Some professors may attempt to set a makeup session when students are available, or use other means to make up the work. The form of make-up will depend on the nature of the class at the discretion of the professor.
Q: If campus is closed for the day, are athletic practices/games and other extracurricular activities such as theater productions or campus events also cancelled?
A: If the campus is closed, it is because weather and campus conditions are such that the campus is closed to the public and its students. Weather may be to the extent that maintenance staff cannot keep up with snow or icy conditions so campus grounds may be impossible to maintain. Additionally, the maintenance staff may also be busy clearing parking lots with heavy duty machinery and cars in parking lots will serve as an impediment to preparing the campus for reopening.
Q: If campus is open during inclement weather, what are safety precautions I would want to take?
A: Weather can create safety hazards. Even though CBC grounds, custodial and maintenance staff are up early during snowy or icy conditions, deicing sidewalks and roadways, it is advised to take extra care driving and walking on campus. If the snow is occurring during the day it is sometimes impossible to keep up with clearing the parking lots, so use sidewalks as much as possible as they receive constant attention. The maintenance crew will continue to make multiple passes to keep sidewalks and parking lots as clear as possible. Please wear appropriate footwear to help avoid a slippery fall.
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