Inclement Weather and Emergencies

As a residential institution, the University is committed to a year-round operating schedule. It is the intent of the University to remain open and adhere to full operations, including normal class schedules, whenever possible. Commuting students, faculty, and staff should always exercise their best judgment with regard to road conditions and other safety concerns.

If weather conditions make it impossible to maintain a reasonable level of academic activity and business functions, the University may alter the daily schedule. This is expected to be infrequent and consideration will always be given to maintaining appropriate service levels in departments that provide essential services to the University community. Any change in schedule shall impact the University of Richmond campus and all ancillary locations.

Closings, Cancellations and Delays

Delay – A delay means that conditions are expected to improve. All classes, events and activities will be cancelled during the time of the delayed opening.         

Cancellation – A cancellation means that classes, events and activities will not be held after the announced cancellation time. In extraordinary circumstances, certain events may be held when all other campus activities are cancelled. Faculty members have the discretion to complete classes that are in session at the time of a cancellation. Residential facilities will remain open.

Closing – A closing occurs when extreme conditions require the closing of residential facilities. No classes, events or activities will be scheduled during a closing.

Communication of University Status Changes

If possible, official announcements of delayed openings or cancellations due to inclement weather will be communicated by 6:00 a.m. or earlier via the university communications channels below.

Weather-related closings and delays for the University of Richmond are broadcast by local radio and television stations, including public radio station WCVE (88.9). Faculty, staff and students will receive weather and delay or cancellation information through email and at alert.richmond.edu. Information can also be found by calling the Weather Hotline at 804.289.8760. Updates and status changes will be communicated by the same channels.

Essential Personnel

During an announced closing, cancellation or delayed opening, certain employees, designated as essential due to the nature of the services they provide, are expected to report to work. Such departments or essential employees are designated in advance by the relevant President’s Cabinet Member or Academic Deans. Staff should direct any questions about attendance and performance expectations during a closing or delay to his or her supervisor. Click here for pay practices for essential personnel.

Supervisors of employees providing essential services should clearly communicate the work attendance requirements during severe weather or other unusual conditions, regardless of media announcements of University closings, cancellations or delays.

Non-Essential Personnel

Non-essential personnel are employees who are not expected to report to work during a closing, cancellation or delayed opening. Click here for pay practices for non-essential personnel.

Revised on 12/15/2014