Charles River Campus Will Open at 11 a.m.
Medical Campus resumes normal hours
The Charles River Campus will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and all classes, seminars, and meetings scheduled to take place before then are canceled. Canceled classes will be rescheduled at the discretion of faculty and deans. All academic and administrative activities scheduled after 11 a.m. on Tuesday will take place as normal.
The MBTA reports that it is optimistic that trains will be up and running on Tuesday, and the National Weather Service predicted that the damaging winds from Hurricane Sandy would subside Monday night. Tuesday is expected to bring light rain and moderate breezes, with winds of 20 miles per hour and a high temperature near 69 degrees.
Peter Fiedler (COM’77), vice president for administrative services, says all University services should be running normally after the 11 a.m. opening. Libraries will be open. FitRec will open for recreational use at 6 a.m., and classes will follow the University’s schedule and start at 11 a.m. The George Sherman Union will return to normal working hours, and all dining halls will operate on their customary schedules. The BU Shuttle bus will resume its normal schedule, with a first stop at Agganis Way at 7 a.m.
While most Charles River Campus employees should observe the late opening, Fiedler says, those involved in essential services should report as scheduled. Those services include BU Police, Facilities Management & Planning, Dining Services, Mail Services, Student Health Services, and the University switchboard.
The BU Medical Campus will open under normal operations. That campus includes the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.
Sandy, one of the largest storms to hit the East Coast in memory, made landfall at Atlantic City, N.J., early Monday evening, moving north into Pennsylvania and New York. The extraordinarily wide storm was generating hurricane-force winds as far as 175 miles from its center and tropical force winds nearly 500 miles from its center.
On Monday, Sandy delivered strong winds and a driving rain on the Charles River Campus, and the normally bustling sidewalks of Commonwealth Avenue were all but deserted. David McBride, director of Student Health Services, says his office saw no uptick in visits, and BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins says he had no reports of injuries. One fabric billboard was blown from its mooring atop a six-story building in Kenmore Square, closing an outgoing lane of Commonwealth Avenue and the block of Deerfield Street between Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road for much of Monday afternoon and evening. The Commonwealth Avenue closing was scheduled to be lifted at midnight Monday, and Deerfield Street will reopen sometime on Tuesday. Pedestrians are advised to stay away from the area until the street is cleared.
As long as the rain continues, David Zamojski, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, asks students to take steps to protect belongings from water damage. Zamojski recommends that students close and lock windows while it is raining, remove electronics and books from windowsills, bookshelves, and window walls, and take items off of the floor. Students whose property is damaged by water are asked to inform their local Residence Life office (hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 7 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week) or call the Facilities Management control desk at 617-353-2105. The control desk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.72 Comments