Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I write to apprise you of the decisions of our University Emergency Management Team at a morning meeting to discuss the University’s response to the dangers arising in this area from Hurricane Sandy. As you know, this storm is massive in scale, and is threatening the East Coast with flooding and high winds. We also know that local schools have shut down operations today and tomorrow, placing special burdens on our many faculty and staff with families.
As a result of the weather risks that are expected to hit campus this afternoon from a storm that forecasters are calling unprecedented, the risks of power outages and our commitment to keeping everyone at the University safe, we have decided the following:
** There will be no classes from 2 p.m. until at least noon tomorrow (Tuesday).
** All campus offices will close from 2 p.m. today (Monday) until at least noon tomorrow. Essential personnel should report as usual.
** The KLARC and the library will be closed from 8 p.m. tonight until at least noon tomorrow.
** Dining services will close at 8 p.m. tonight and will re-open at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
** The ELC and Switchboard will remain open at all times.
We are making these decisions in part to allow our faculty and staff to get home safely and to encourage our students to stay inside and out of harm’s way.
By tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., based on the most up-to-date information available to us at that time, we will decide if classes and other University activities scheduled after noon tomorrow, including the Avicii concert, will proceed. We will make that announcement before 9 a.m.
A special advisory: Because of the risks of high winds, we ask that you avoid the Grove from now until at least noon tomorrow. We do not consider it safe due to the risks of limbs falling as a result of wind gusts.
Please remain alert to University notices regarding this storm. We will use email, our Campus Alert email system, the University’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the University homepage (including this blog, www.bucknell.edu/emergency, which will contain all University notices about this storm) to provide you with the latest information. You can access our Facebook and Twitter accounts whether or not you have our own Facebook and Twitter accounts. If necessary, we will use our emergency text and siren system to provide safety warnings to campus. Should the need arise, contact public safety at 577-3333.
We appreciate your taking every step to keep yourself and others safe and your remaining informed on this storm and its impact on campus.