Emergency Closing

In the event that weather or other emergency conditions warrant the all-day closing or delayed opening of the University, the following radio and television stations will make periodic announcements between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.:

  • WBZ 1030 AM
  • WBZ-TV Channel 4
  • WCVB-TV Channel 5
  • WHDH-TV Channel 7
  • WFXT-TV Channel 25

The above radio and television stations are the only stations authorized to announce University closings and delayed openings.*

Do not call the University police, radio station, or television station to verify a closing. You may call 617-353-SNOW (617-353-7669) to hear a recorded message regarding the closing or delayed opening of Boston University. You also may call the University Switchboard at 617-353-2000.

Closing information will also be provided using the BU Alert notification system and posted on the BU homepage. During the day, the decision to shorten work schedules due to adverse weather conditions will normally be made by 3 p.m. On such occasions, faculty, staff, and students will be notified by the BU Alert notification system. In addition, this information will be posted on the University homepage and BU Today.

Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University police, Facilities Management & Planning, Mail Services, the University Switchboard, and Student Health Services.

*Generally, the Boston University Medical Campus has a “no close” policy and remains open during emergency closings. If the Boston University Medical Campus is to be closed, or its schedule is altered due to emergency conditions, a separate announcement will be broadcast on the above stations. For more information regarding Medical Campus emergency closings, see the Environmental Health & Safety website.

This notice supersedes all others dated prior to December 2010.

The following is information related to emergency closings for employees in bargaining unit positions (excerpted from bargaining unit agreements).

Local 2324 UAW
Article 50
University Closing

In the event that conditions warrant the closing of the University or shortening of the workday, the decision of the designated University official will be conveyed to all schools and departments by Human Resources in accordance with the procedure below:

  1. During the day, the decision to shorten the work schedule will normally be made by 3:00 p.m. Non-essential evening work will also be canceled at the time notice is given to shorten the work schedule. When the University is to close early, Human Resources will notify the following offices in order for them to pass the information on to their respective employees: All vice presidents, deans, directors, and the Director of Physical Plant. The University telephone switchboard will also be notified for informational purposes.
  2. The decision to cancel work scheduled in the morning will be made by 6:00 a.m. If work is canceled, the designated University official will notify major television and radio stations; the University telephone switchboard; and the Director of Physical Plant. Employees shall receive their regular rates of pay for time missed due to University weather closing. Employees shall receive their regular rates of pay for time missed due to University closing caused by other exigencies until they are designated for layoff. Employees required to work during University closings will normally receive compensatory time off with pay equal to one-and-one-half (1-1/2) times the actual hours worked. However, at Management’s discretion, employees may receive pay equal to one-and-one-half times the base rate for hours actually worked during such closing, in lieu of compensatory time off, but such pay, when made, will not be pyramided or duplicated with any other premium or overtime pay. Employees who are working the 12am-8am shift shall be entitled to premium pay starting at 6am when a University closing is announced.
  3. It is expected that during winter months, employees will allow themselves extra time to arrive at work on schedule. Under unusually difficult weather circumstances, however, a grace period, not to exceed the first two (2) hours of an employee’s workday, may be allowed following the beginning of the workday.
  4. Employees who are assigned to work on the first and third shifts will be notified on their next regularly scheduled work day if an emergency closing has been declared.
  5. University closing provides an authorized paid absence from work to those non-essential employees who were scheduled to report to work that day. Therefore, an employee who is on approved vacation leave when a University closing is declared is not eligible for the University closing day(s).

Local 888
Article 40
University Closing

  1. In the event that weather conditions warrant the closing of the University or shortening of the workday, the decision of the designated University official will be conveyed to all schools and departments by Human Resources in accordance with the procedure below:  During the day the decision to shorten the work schedule will normally be made by 3:00 p.m. Non-essential evening work will also be canceled at the time notice is given to shorten the work schedule. When the University is to close early, Human Resources will notify the following offices in order for them to pass the information on to their respective employees: All vice presidents, deans, directors, and the Director of Physical Plant. The University telephone switchboard will also be notified for informational purposes.
  2. The decision to cancel work scheduled in the morning will be made by 6:00 a.m. If work is canceled, the designated University official will notify major television and radio stations, the University telephone switchboard, and the Director of Physical Plant. Employees shall receive their regular rates of pay for the time missed due to University weather closings and for time missed due to University closing caused by other exigencies until they are designated for layoff. Employees who are required to work during University closings shall be granted compensatory time off with pay, equal to one and one-half (1 1/2) times the actual hours worked. Such time off must be taken within four (4) months of the day on which it was earned, at a time approved by his/her department head.
  3. It is expected that during winter months employees will allow themselves extra time to arrive at work on schedule. Under unusually difficult weather circumstances, however, a grace period, not to exceed the first two (2) hours of an employee’s workday, may be allowed following the beginning of the workday.

Local 615 SEIU
Article 30
Miscellaneous

Employees on the Charles River Campus who are required to work when the Charles River Campus is closed, or the workday on that campus is shortened because of severe weather conditions, shall receive compensatory time off with pay equal to the number of actual hours worked during the closing. Employees who are required to work when the entire Medical Campus (School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine) is officially closed or when the work day of the entire Medical Campus is officially shortened due to severe weather conditions, shall receive compensatory time off with pay equal to the hours actually worked by the employee during the period of the official closure.