Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
This morning our Emergency Management Team met to discuss the conditions on campus, the latest reports from weather and government agencies, and the continuing effects on our area of Hurricane Sandy and the post-tropical cyclone it became with landfall. As you know, we decided to cancel classes and close offices from 2 p.m. yesterday until 12 noon today out of caution for the well-being of our students and personnel. We are grateful for the cooperation everyone showed with this decision, and especially our students for staying out of harm’s way overnight.
We are glad to report that the campus is almost entirely unscathed by storm damage, power outages in our area are at a minimum, and the wind and rain today are not expected to be dangerous. As a result, and recognizing the tremendous impact on course schedules otherwise, we have determined that effective at noon today, campus will re-open. At that time, classes will resume as normal and all offices will return to normal operations. We will, out of maximum caution, keep the Grove closed until the storm fully passes this area and the high winds subside. A large tree did fall overnight in the Grove, so please do not use the area until the caution tape is removed, signalling it is re-opened.
Recognizing that in certain local areas the storm may have made commuting to campus for some colleagues difficult, we ask that faculty and staff make their own decisions about whether to commute to work today. If you believe for any reason that it would be unsafe to do so, we ask that you contact your department chair or supervisor.