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Inclement Weather Guidance for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Because we are working and learning differently than in years past, expectations during inclement weather for the 2020-21 academic year have changed. Please review the memo to campus with guidance for those working and learning both on campus and remotely.

Updates regarding UMD’s closed status, as well as other schedule changes, will be announced through various channels, including:

The university may open late or close the campus 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, and conditions on roads and sidewalks off campus and across the region.

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 in the campus closure communication. The closing may not apply to essential employees. Those employees should contact their supervisor or department head for instructions. Essential services will still be provided to on-campus residents.

University students living on campus should check the Resident Life website at for the latest resident updates during inclement weather. Information for frequently requested services include:

  • Dining Services: In the event of a campus closure, Dining Services operates on an abbreviated schedule. For up-to-date information, visit
  • Health Center: The University Health Center’s hours vary during a campus closure based on the severity of the weather. Most often, the UHC remains open for urgent visits during at least part of the day during a weather closure. For the latest information on open hours, visit For life-threatening or mental health emergencies, call 911 or 301-405-3333 (University of Maryland Police Department)
  • Libraries: The University Libraries follow the same closing schedule as the university. Access to online resources will be available.
  • Stamp Student Union: In the event that the university is closed, all events in the Stamp will be canceled. If the university has a delayed opening, the Stamp will open 30 minutes before the university's scheduled opening time and events will begin one hour after the university's scheduled opening time. If the university closes early during the regular operational hours of the Stamp, all events will end one hour before the scheduled university close time and the Stamp will remain open for one hour after the university's scheduled closing time. Follow @thestampumd on Twitter for the latest information on the Stamp’s hours of operation, service departments, and retail vendors during inclement weather.
  • Transportation: When campus is closed, Shuttle-UM service may be reduced or suspended entirely. If campus closes early, DOTS will do it’s best to operate at least one additional shuttle run of each route following the closure time prior to suspending service. DOTS will closely monitor campus road conditions when considering when to resume service. Sign up for NextBusAlerts for weather-related closures and delays and follow @DOTS_UMD on Twitter for the latest details. For parking, DOTS may encourage students to move their vehicles into garages to expedite snow removal from the parking lots. DOTS will email or text students with information.
  • University Recreation & Wellness: When campus is closed, RecWell facilities will operate on an abbreviated schedule and all RecWell programs, including group fitness classes, will be cancelled. For more information about the availability of RecWell facilities during inclement weather, including provisions for when the university opens late, closes early, or is closed for the day, visit or follow @UMDRecWell on Twitter.

Classes scheduled while the university is closed are cancelled. 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

When the university makes a decision on its open or closed status, the university notifies other campuses who may also be affected by inclement weather, such as the Universities at Shady Grove and the University of Maryland University College. It is up to those institutions to determine their open or closed status and notify their students, faculty and staff.


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