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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.

Art Jahnke

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

72 Comments on Charles River Campus Will Open at 11 a.m.

  • .. on 10.29.2012 at 9:59 pm


  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 9:59 pm


  • Billy on 10.29.2012 at 10:00 pm


  • Andy Sloan on 10.29.2012 at 10:01 pm

    I will now purposely get swept away by the wind tomorrow when walking to class

  • Yeah on 10.29.2012 at 10:01 pm

    The fitrec is opening! Nice job!

  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:01 pm


  • Overlord of the Underclassmen on 10.29.2012 at 10:03 pm

    8am-12pm core…..from 11am-12pm????? CRAM CLASSES INTO HALF HOUR SLOTS

  • ENG kid on 10.29.2012 at 10:03 pm

    wait I need my discussion at 9am :(

    • SMG > ENG on 10.29.2012 at 10:28 pm

      k sick

  • Where's mike? on 10.29.2012 at 10:03 pm

    11 AM? What!? That only gives me 13 hours to prepare, BU. Shame on you. Shame, shame, shame on YOU!

    • really? on 10.29.2012 at 10:15 pm

      Shame on the the one who decided to wing it and wait till the last second to prepare.

      • It was a joke on 10.29.2012 at 10:50 pm

        This was a joke from a different article. Mike was a whiny person who kept complaining that 6pm 8pm etc was not enough notice to prepare for school. I believe the original poster here is being sarcastic :)

  • John on 10.29.2012 at 10:06 pm

    what about work study jobs -_- this announcement doesn’t leave much time for student workers to get in contact with their bosses

    • What? on 10.30.2012 at 12:46 am

      What do you mean “what about work study jobs?” Nothing will be open until 11am. I think that’s pretty obvious, no?

  • "Sucking Up?" on 10.29.2012 at 10:06 pm

    I think that, on the heels of decisions made by Boston Public Schools and the MBTA, this is something we all expected. I’m sure professors will be understanding about electronically-based work that couldn’t get done (like my lab report, which would be inconvenient if I had lost electricity). The announcement came a little later than I had wished, but hopefully everyone did the work they could in preparation from classes.

    Mike, I’m so sorry you have to go to class tomorrow. I hope you get there safely.

  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:07 pm

    As someone who lives in a house that is leaking, creaking, and miles from campus I find this an unsafe compromise. Public transportation will be stuffed to the rafters, making sure most people end up walking because, let’s be honest, the B-line doesn’t come very often. Anything weakened by Sandy’s winds could fall at any second, and I personally hope that BU is ready to take responsibility for anything that happens.

    • Anonymous1 on 10.29.2012 at 10:27 pm

      I found what the article says about no injuries a bit misleading, because the point of having no classes was for there to be no injuries. We don’t know what would have happened, or what could happen tomorrow.

  • Good on 10.29.2012 at 10:09 pm


  • ExamTmr on 10.29.2012 at 10:09 pm

    No!!!!!! Why not 12!?!?!?

  • Jane on 10.29.2012 at 10:11 pm


  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:11 pm

    “Tuesday is expected to bring light rain and moderate breezes”. what a beautiful day!

  • Andrew on 10.29.2012 at 10:12 pm

    You all realize we pay to go to school, right? It’s a privilege? Why are people so upset about scheduled classes occurring? It’s not that dangerous out there; the conditions when it really snows are more dangerous than what we’ve seen this storm.

    If it’s ACTUALLY dangerous for you to go to class tomorrow then don’t go. But if you’re one of the kids who lives ON THE CAMPUS then, for heaven’s sake, stop complaining.

    Annoyed grad student (who wanted to go to his 8am lecture)

    • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:24 pm

      I agree with this. $ per class, especially at BU, is kind of an important thing to consider…
      Now if only the Providence/Stoughton line would be fixed, and assuming the Green lines don’t explode mid-operation.

    • Andy on 10.29.2012 at 11:24 pm

      Sir, please stop

  • BU student Parent on 10.29.2012 at 10:12 pm

    BU took the middle ground..for safety and getting back to normal operations

  • Efficiency on 10.29.2012 at 10:15 pm

    Easiest way to figure out important news about BU- Check your email, find a link and a promise that at 8pm there will be on update. check at 8- nothing. Hear a rumor that a twitter account has an update about it- find new promise that we will know at 10pm. At 10pm, check your email for an update(maybe they went full circle on us). Find nothing. Go back to twitter. Nothing. Check phone for a series of disordered texts- find nothing. Go back to old email with the 8pm promise- click link. Link leads you back to website that was silent at 8pm- find out that class is canceled till 11am. Smile contently at the way BU utilized almost every modern form of communication to send a simple message.

    • Nathan on 10.30.2012 at 9:08 am

      The BU emergency closings phone line, 617-353-7669 was updated when I called it at 8:22PM. I waited until after 8PM since that is probably the latest scheduled class.

  • Elli on 10.29.2012 at 10:15 pm

    awwwwww maaaaan. Well, saw this coming. It’s probably the choice I would have made too. The weather tomorrow will be fine.

  • Staff Question on 10.29.2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the update. Is the Admissions Office open tomorrow before 11?

    • Anonymous on 10.30.2012 at 10:46 am

      I hope you’re joking

  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:16 pm

    I am glad classes are back on for tomorrow. I am not paying tuition to sit at home and read or whatever unproductive stuff I did instead of reading. If the weather has calmed down enough for the T to run, we can go to class. Get ready for winter if you think what tomorrow holds is worth cancelling classes.

  • jeff on 10.29.2012 at 10:18 pm

    What does this mean for 10:00 to 12:00 classes?

    • mm on 10.29.2012 at 10:38 pm

      Right. They should say, “classes that BEGIN before 11:00 will be cancelled” or “wherever you’re scheduled to be at 11:00 is where you should be then.” Whichever it is. I’m in the same boat and don’t know whether or not to show up for that one hour.

    • Jane on 10.29.2012 at 11:52 pm

      There won’t be class unless your class starts on or after 11AM tomorrow.

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 10:20 pm

    This does not give us time to contact our professors. If this decision had been made at 8 pm as promised, it would be a far less inconvenience than announcing this now. We cannot all be as flexible as BU’s administration.

  • Owen You on 10.29.2012 at 10:20 pm

    Please let me go to 8 AM lecture!!! I am so addicted to study!!

    • BU student on 10.29.2012 at 10:45 pm

      no need to revert to racial stereotypes. this site really needs better moderation from all of these ridiculous trolls.

    • addy on 10.30.2012 at 1:32 am


  • Concerned Parent on 10.29.2012 at 10:21 pm

    It is highly irresponsible for Dean Elmor and President Brown to sanction such an action. All the schools/universities in the vicinity have committed to closing themselves for an additional day just so that the safety of their patrons are guaranteed. The Dean and President will be held personally responsible for ANY causality or injuries sustained by faculty staff and students!

    • Anon on 10.29.2012 at 10:29 pm

      I recommend you check the news. Boston public schools will be opened tomorrow

    • grad student on 10.29.2012 at 10:30 pm

      Actually Boston public schools are open tomorrow. So please check your facts

    • BU student on 10.29.2012 at 10:32 pm

      causality? what is that?

      stop troll

    • S. on 10.29.2012 at 10:34 pm

      Perhaps you should check your facts as well – many nearby universities are resuming normal operations Tuesday.

    • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:41 pm

      Well, some but not all. Boston Public Schools are open, and many local universities are open too. Closings are listed here: http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/ . Also just out of curiosity I checked the MIT web site, and they’re open with a delayed start time of 9:00am.

    • Mel C on 10.29.2012 at 10:42 pm

      Which are all of these schools that are closing for another day?

    • LOL on 10.29.2012 at 10:44 pm

      many other schools in the area have class tomorrow. go to bed concerned parent, you’re drunk

    • Andrew on 10.29.2012 at 10:51 pm

      Harvard, Tufts, Lesley, UMass… all open tomorrow.

    • postgrad on 10.29.2012 at 10:57 pm

      Absolutely true, especially that my kids’ school decided to close too. Now, since I’m BUMC grad student, I’ll have to check with the baby sitter before 8am (extremely difficult right now)and how safe this will be? I share you holding BU liable for anything that might happen to me or to my kids.

    • Steve on 10.29.2012 at 11:21 pm

      This is 100% untrue, get your facts straight. All Boston Public Schools will be open normally tomorrow. Your child will be fine, there is nothing going on here right now. You need to let your child handle adult decision making on his/her own.

    • AGP on 10.30.2012 at 12:29 am

      Brandeis, Tufts, MIT, and Harvard are all opening tomorrow. Only MIT has a slight AM delay.

    • K on 10.30.2012 at 12:30 am

      Dear Concerned Parent,
      Not sure where you’re getting your information from, but here are some updates from some of the schools in the vicinity…

      Boston College has yet to issue notification concerning Tuesday’s schedule.
      MIT will open at 9AM
      NU – open
      Emmanuel College – open
      Emerson College – open
      Tufts University – open
      Berklee – open
      Wentworth – open
      Wheelock – 9:50am start
      Harvard – open
      …just to name a few.
      If anything, Boston University has gone above and beyond to ensure our safety. Perhaps you should consider all the work they have been doing, and I don’t know – be grateful?

    • Overreacting Person on 10.30.2012 at 12:44 am

      I agree! We should cancel school anytime there’s rain and wind at the same time! Or anytime there’s danger…like Boston traffic! You know what, you could get hurt by walking! I think BU should give up physical classes and have electronic ones! Wait…students might electrocute themselves!

      Look, I understand that it’s scary but by 11 AM tomorrow, it should be nothing more than normal weather conditions. Raining and windy, sure, but nothing little Timmy can’t handle.

    • Paul on 10.30.2012 at 7:30 am

      >>> All the schools/universities in the vicinity have committed to closing themselves for an additional day

      Actually Northeastern, Harvard, and MIT are all open as normal. Suffolk opens at 10. (I couldn’t find the status of BC or UMass Boston.)

    • Kitty on 10.30.2012 at 7:41 am

      Good grief!!! Dean Elmore doesn’t have anything to do with this, and the President is working from information provided by those at the university who work with city,state, and federal officials, and who are on the ground and know whether there is power, debris, flooding, etc. It is absolutely still right now on Tuesday morning– no wind, no rain,and almost 65 degrees. By the way, Boston public schools are open today.

    • MoonBatman on 10.30.2012 at 8:31 am

      As an employee of another university, I can say that that is not true; most universities opened today. BU is super lawsuit averse, if there were any real danger on campus beyond slipping and falling, students would be advised to stay away.

      Are you a parent barking from another state, worked into a froth by breathless newscasts about a superstore? Maybe you should check a local cam/your facts and trust the entity to whom you’re paying all that money will actually deliver on basic services, like mind expansion. You should try it; first step is to turn off that damn TV.

  • Anonymous on 10.29.2012 at 10:21 pm

    Damn, people, take what you can get. Have you never gone to school, work, or elsewhere during a storm before? If not, then you have lived a very charmed life.

    Trust me, whatever we have to endure tomorrow will not come close to Snowpocalypse ’11.

    • Blank on 10.30.2012 at 5:02 am

      Totally agree… God last yr was awful… i had to gear up with NorthF to find my way to classes. Just hoping it doesnt happen again.

  • Concerned Parent on 10.29.2012 at 10:30 pm

    It is highly irresponsible for Dean Elmor and President Brown to sanction such an action. All the schools/universities in the vicinity have committed to closing themselves for an additional day just so that the safety of their patrons are guaranteed. The Dean and President will be held personally responsible for ANY causality or injuries sustained by faculty staff and students!

  • Kelo Johnson on 10.29.2012 at 10:33 pm

    This is RIDICULOUS! Our country is in the midst of a colossal national disaster and the college has the audacity to open tomorrow. Hell, even wall street will be closed!

    • T on 10.30.2012 at 10:13 am

      You’re extremely ignorant. While it is true that PARTS of our country are in a state of emergency, it’s actually a beautiful day in Boston. There is no reason that we shouldn’t have class today, hell we probably would have been fine to go to classes this morning. BU has gone above and beyond what other schools in the area have done to ensure our safety and wellbeing. As for your wall street comment, any educated individual would know that NY’s financial district is in an evacuation zone due to its location. What happens on Wall Street, or in NYC for the matter, is completely irrelevant to Boston, MA. Boston and NY are in two very different state right now. Rather than sitting on the computer, wasting your life away, how about you actually go to class and stop complaining.

  • M on 10.29.2012 at 10:33 pm

    Stop your whining and growup. All the other colleges are opening tomorrow

    • BU parent on 10.30.2012 at 9:15 am

      I just looked at Havard, Boston college, MIT, Bently, Northeastern which are all in the vicinity they are all opened!

  • I would love a day off on 10.29.2012 at 10:37 pm

    Some BU kids are making the University look pretty bad right now. How many of you are actually worried about safety? Fewer than those who claim to be. For those who just learned that they have midterms tomorrow, you had a whole day off to study! You should have been doing that instead of refreshing this page to see whether you’d get tomorrow off!

  • Nytenor on 10.29.2012 at 10:45 pm

    Gone now. Not listed at all

  • A Realist on 10.29.2012 at 10:57 pm

    There are a lot of complaints about how the decision to reopen campus came 2 hours later than expected, or how people can’t contact their professors ‘in time,’ how public transportation won’t run to perfection or how all other schools are closed (Emerson, BC, UMass, Northeastern and Boston Public Schools are all open tomorrow).

    Some of us have all of our family members in the NJ/NY areas. To complain about any of the above things is absolutely an insult to those who are actually get hit hard by the storm right now and will continue to be affected for the next 12+ hours. Anything above can be dealt with.

    • An Expressionist on 10.30.2012 at 10:01 am

      I have family in Lower Manhattan and haven’t been able to get in touch with any of them for over 10 hours. And for that reason I’d rather not be in class today. I have more important things to worry about at the moment. I’m sure this “excuse” won’t go over well with any of my professors.

  • Work Study? on 10.29.2012 at 10:57 pm

    “Libraries will be open.” Normal opening or 11am?
    (sentence before = everything open BY 11am, sentence after = Fitrec open at 6am)

    This determines whether I will go in and open or not tomorrow morning…Shift is 8:30 to 11. Supervisor is unclear about the situation. Head librarian is probably asleep…

  • Morgan on 10.29.2012 at 11:04 pm

    As an SMG student I think this is a little much. Most of our work is individual anyway and its due dates don’t change when we have class. I don’t think we are the only school to operate this.
    What does seriously inconvenience me is going to class in the heavy rain and the preparation required to make sure none of my electronics are damaged.

  • Anonymous Student on 10.29.2012 at 11:59 pm

    All of you guys complaining that you have class need to calm down. Have you seen the damage in NY and NJ? Be thankful you actually have the option to go to class and keep those facing Sandy’s wrath more severely in your thoughts.

  • K on 10.30.2012 at 12:40 am

    Interesting comments about “not enough time to contact professors” when there is apparently enough time to complain. Try being proactive or taking some initiative if you are truly worried. It’s not like you had all of Monday to contact your professors or anything…

  • BU '14 on 10.30.2012 at 7:05 am

    Great, 11am. And yet some of us weren’t able to sleep ON BU campus because of their sad excuse for “housing”. And better yet, now we won’t be around when the maintenance comes to attempt to fix the damage. My dorm is leaking uncontrollably, made worse by the still strong winds. Also, if today is going to be breezy with a chance of a sprinkle like BU is claiming, why is there still a severe weather advisory in effect for strong winds, severe flooding and thunderstorms? BU has proven yet again that it truly does not care about the well-being of students. Despicable and embarrassing. My parents aren’t paying over $50,000 per year for me to live in a rat-infested crumbling “home” that is now filling with water. Now I can’t even be around when someone tries to fix it. Hopefully Dean Elmore will continute keep me in his thoughts, I’m SURE that will help.

    • Woodrow on 10.30.2012 at 12:18 pm

      BU ’14 – I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing an issue with your residence. Please e-mail me directly (wrfreese@bu.edu), with your address and contact information. I will be happy to meet with you, in your residence and when you are available, to map out a plan for repairs. Thanks very much -

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