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Updates regarding UMD’s closures, delays and other schedule changes, will be announced through various channels, including:
The university will not make an announcement if the campus is open and operating under normal operations. The university makes every effort to communicate changes to campus operations by 4:30 a.m. Local media outlets often cover changes to university operations; however, for the most up-to-date information, please check the university sites listed.
The university may close, delay opening or close the campus early in the event that inclement weather conditions pose a serious threat to the health and safety of the university community. A variety of factors are taken into consideration, including access to public transportation and Metro, the status of campus roads and sidewalks, availability of power and internet access on campus, and conditions on roads and sidewalks off campus and across the region. We prioritize our campus safety while doing our very best to minimize impacts on the academic and research enterprise.
When the university is closed, all classes during that time are canceled and all university offices and non-essential services are closed, unless specifically noted. The closing may not apply to essential employees. Those employees should contact their supervisor or department head for instructions. Impacts to on-campus student services are outlined below.
The following definitions apply to individuals who are considered essential during inclement weather events:
If an employee is unsure whether they are an essential employee for inclement weather events, they should contact their supervisor for guidance.
Information for frequently requested services includes:
The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) inclement weather website will be updated to reflect any changes to Shuttle-UM service or parking. Status updates will also be posted on X/Twitter (@DOTS_UMD), Instagram (@DOTS_UMD) and on the Transit App.
Classes scheduled while the university is closed are canceled. In the case of a late opening or early closing, students are expected to report to their classes for any period of time that the university is open.
For example, if a class runs from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. and the university is opening late at 10 a.m., students will be expected to attend that class for its remaining time, from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m
Faculty and instructors are responsible for communicating with students with instructions for participating in their classes virtually.
Please check theclarice.umd.edu for the status of events at The Clarice.
When the university makes a decision on its open or closed status, the university notifies other campuses that may also be affected by inclement weather, such as the Universities at Shady Grove and the USM Southern Maryland regional center. It is up to those institutions to determine their open or closed status and notify their campus community.
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