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Monday Classes Canceled

University closes as storm brings wind and rain

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As Hurricane Sandy approaches New Jersey, threatening much of the Northeast with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, the University has canceled all classes and closed both the Charles River and Medical Campuses for all nonessential employees. This 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. Daytime and evening classes have been canceled for Monday, following a request by Governor Deval Patrick that all high schools and colleges statewide close for the day. Current plans see the University reopening Tuesday, with a normal Tuesday class schedule in effect. University officials are consulting throughout the day with experts from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Their decision concerning University operations on Tuesday will be posted on BU Today.

Because the impact of the storm is expected to peak this evening, Dining Services will deliver meals at 5 pm to the Residence Life Offices at Danielsen Hall, Myles Standish Hall, Shelton Hall, The Towers, and 518 Park Drive on South Campus. The meals will be available to students on the University dining plan. Dining halls will be open at 100 Bay State Road, Warren Towers, West Campus, and the George Sherman Union. Dinner at Hillel Dining Hall will be served from 4:30 to 6 pm. Small retail shops will be closed. Mugar Library will close at noon. Student Health Services will be open all day. FitRec will be closed until 3:30 pm, and may open late in the day. Follow @Fitrec on Twitter for updates. The BU Bus will not run. Mail will not be delivered and the Housing Office will be closed. The Dean of Students Office will be open. The GSU will be closed at 2 pm, and Extreme Pita, Warren Towers Late Night and Late Night Kitchen at 100 Bay State Road will be closed Monday night. The MBTA has announced that all service will be suspended as of 2 pm.

Essential services on the Medical Campus include, but are not limited to, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Emergency Patient Treatment, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Mail Service. Medical students who are assigned to inpatient services are expected to be present, if possible. Students who are assigned to outpatient services should check with their course director or the policy at the clinical site. For updated information regarding the Medical Campus, call the emergency communications hotline at 617-638-6886 or visit the BUMC emergency communications website.

The National Weather Service expects the exceptionally wide and slow-moving storm to make landfall in New Jersey Monday evening, then follow a northward path through Pennsylvania and into upstate New York. Meteorologists warn that Monday will bring heavy rains to Boston, with winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour and gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Winds will subside Monday night, and Tuesday will be rainy and warmer, with temperatures in the mid-60s and winds blowing about 25 miles per hour with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour.

Students are urged to make sure that they have flashlights and extra batteries on hand and are warned not to use candles, which are prohibited in student residences. For those who live in campus residences, RAs will have a limited number of flashlights. Students living off-campus are urged to buy flashlights and additional batteries. Emergency officials also urge people to have adequate supplies of food and water on hand, as well as essential medicines and a change of clothing. More information about hurricane preparedness is here.

David Zamojski, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, asks students to take precautionary 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. Additional maintenance staff will be on duty throughout the storm to assist students.

The Boston University Police Department has put a Hurricane Incident Action Plan in place, and if necessary, will issue emergency alerts using the BU Alert System. Those alerts are sent via an email blast and banners on the University’s homepage, BU Today, and the BU Emergency page.

Facilities preparations have included a check of all roofs, coordination with NStar, removal of loose materials and small trash barrels, and the rental of two large-capacity generators and two large-capacity portable pumps. Tree removal services are on standby.

BU Today will be the main point of contact throughout the storm.

89 Comments
Art Jahnke

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

89 Comments on Monday Classes Canceled

  • Tom on 10.28.2012 at 6:01 pm

    YES!!

  • John Landry on 10.28.2012 at 6:01 pm

    We did it!

  • Great! on 10.28.2012 at 6:02 pm

    This was the right call! Thank you for listening to your students and faculty.

  • Dan on 10.28.2012 at 6:02 pm

    WOOT EXAM POSTPONED!!!!!!! ;D

  • Mangoli De la Portas on 10.28.2012 at 6:02 pm

    EVGE

    Superb. THANK YOU.

    Mangoli De la Portas.
    PAO13ole

  • Student on 10.28.2012 at 6:03 pm

    True to your word on the 6pm update. Go BU!

  • JC on 10.28.2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you BU! What a relief – I can stay inside and be safe! Plus, more time to study for my exam on Tuesday…! ;)

  • GH on 10.28.2012 at 6:04 pm

    THANK YOU!!

  • SPH on 10.28.2012 at 6:05 pm

    The voices of reason have spoken. Thank you.

  • Student on 10.28.2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for taking our safety into concern.

  • Parent on 10.28.2012 at 6:05 pm

    …smart move BU!!!

  • STUDENT on 10.28.2012 at 6:06 pm

    WOOOHOOOOOO!

  • Overlord of the Underclassmen on 10.28.2012 at 6:06 pm

    aw man….I wanted to see news of skinny girls getting blown away

  • SK on 10.28.2012 at 6:07 pm

    All of my wildest dreams have just come true!

    Although, I was kind of looking forward to the impending student riot if they hadn’t cancelled classes…

  • e on 10.28.2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you! Thankful we can count on BU.

  • P on 10.28.2012 at 6:09 pm

    Will classes on Tuesday follow normal scheduling? As in Tuesday’s schedule will not be Monday schedule correct?

    • Joe C. on 10.29.2012 at 4:17 pm

      correct

  • GB on 10.28.2012 at 6:10 pm

    What happened to: “We are looking at a very windy and rainy day”… I thought the university was definitely going to stay open because this hurricane is nothing special

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 6:10 pm

    Isn’t the weather becoming worse on Tuesday?

  • YW on 10.28.2012 at 6:11 pm

    I knew that BU is among one of the coolest institution

  • RL on 10.28.2012 at 6:12 pm

    GJ!! Vice President was saying something like the storm is not strong enough for canceling classes…now here we go~~~

  • Saiful Saleem on 10.28.2012 at 6:13 pm

    Good call BU. Stay safe all!

  • mj on 10.28.2012 at 6:13 pm

    So will Tuesday be a regular Tuesday schedule or a Monday schedule?

    • Tracy on 10.29.2012 at 9:06 pm

      Tuesday schedule

  • staff? on 10.28.2012 at 6:14 pm

    Great news–better to be safe. Does the cancellation apply to staff as well?

  • S. on 10.28.2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m a little confused – are classes/labs closed on the Medical Campus? The BU Emergency Alert only specifies the Charles River Campus but this article reports both…

  • IO on 10.28.2012 at 6:16 pm

    THIS SAYS SCHOOL’S OFF FOR BOTH CAMPUSES BUT THE E-MAIL I JUST GOT SAYS ONLY CHARLES RIVER CAMPUS.
    WHAT’S RIGHT?

  • Cindy Samuels on 10.28.2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thank God school is cancelled I would not want my poor son Adam to go through all of the tortures of going to class in a hurricane. Our dog Oreo was so worried for Adam he was not able to sleep for 3 days Thank God our baby will be safe. Hopefully BU will be smart and cancel class on Tuesday as well.

    • concerned parent on 10.29.2012 at 12:50 pm

      lol

    • Mrs. Blank on 10.29.2012 at 7:21 pm

      Cind,
      I totally agree with you honey. The boys need to stay safe and dry and have too many tests! Joshy is so stressed with all his work and is so scared because he needed to wash his sheets tonight but they can’t use the washing machine! What’s a boy to do! I just want him to have a good day off tomorrow to get back in the swing of the things and go to bed in some clean sheets. Mwah speak to you soon hun…love that the boys are getting so close. XO

  • anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 6:32 pm

    When they say medical campuses are included in the cancellations, does that include classes at the BU School of Public Health?

  • LabMonkey on 10.28.2012 at 6:32 pm

    Good job on the cancellation but as usual, BUMC is as clear as mud on where it stands. Does anyone know what the situation is? Why does this happen every fall and winter when the weather hits?

  • BUstudent on 10.28.2012 at 6:40 pm

    so pumped! thank you!

  • Seather on 10.28.2012 at 6:42 pm

    Apparently the weather is getting worse on Tuesday, is it true ?

  • MC on 10.28.2012 at 6:50 pm

    Maybe they should have kept English class going so someone could learn how to spell cancelled.

  • BU student Parent on 10.28.2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you for using good judgement for the safety of all at BU students, faculty and staff as a parent far away from my son this is a relief to me. This has been a stressful year at BU with the robberies and now this storm… Safety should always be first and foremost.

  • Jen on 10.28.2012 at 7:09 pm

    And what about North Campus classes?

  • Lisa on 10.28.2012 at 7:22 pm

    NOW, this is what I’m talking about BU. Good job for being a leader and stepping up.

  • BU Parent on 10.28.2012 at 7:22 pm

    Would have been nice for university to inform parents about the weather forecast specific to Boston area and their emergency plans and provisions. We are cross country/long distance and my kid told me classes were cancelled but feeling clueless about the emergency planning and how to contact univ in event of significant power outages/can’t reach student. Should/Can kids still access computer labs/libraries/editing facilities etc? I took it upon myself to check BU Today.. but think it would have been better for BU to communicate with families who are on their list serves (for BU Today, Bostonia, etc)

    • Lisa Philpotts on 10.28.2012 at 8:32 pm

      I can’t speak for the other services, but I work for Mugar and have been told that Mugar Library will open as usual tomorrow.

      • Lisa Philpotts on 10.29.2012 at 10:49 am

        Breaking news: Now that the MBTA is shutting down at 2, Mugar will be closing at noon. Unfortunately, a lot of the staff (including myself) depend on the MBTA to get to and from work, so we have to leave. We tried! Stay safe, BU!

    • former BU parent on 10.29.2012 at 11:00 am

      This is a storm, not a Category 4 Hurricane. Tell your ADULT child to charge their cell phone so you can reach them and get a friend’s phone number,too and be responsible enough to get the information he or she needs him or herself. They should have common sense enough to manage if you have embedded them with that knowledge which you should have by now. If you are this neurotic about this maybe your child should have stayed at home and gone to a community college instead of an urban campus in the heart of Boston. Just wait until there is a “nor’easter” blizzard!!

      • Current BU parent on 10.29.2012 at 3:36 pm

        @former BU parent. You have one fact correct. This is not a Category 4 Hurricane. However, it is still a serious storm. Serious enough for officials in several states to have numerous press conferences to educate people on all age levels on how to stay safe. I don’t believe any of these parents are being neurotic. I firmly believe the parents are showing concern. In reference to your snide remarks about going to a community college, I believe the parents have educated their students and these students have earned the right to attend Boston University. Why are you even on this site?

  • s on 10.28.2012 at 7:28 pm

    Any news on BUMC yet??

  • KP on 10.28.2012 at 7:57 pm

    just recieved this

    BU Medical Campus CLOSED Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

    Boston University Medical Campus will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Medicine and Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

    Employees in essential services should report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Emergency Patient Treatment, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Mail Service.

    Students who are assigned to inpatient services are expected to be present, if possible. Students who are assigned to outpatient services should check with their course director or the policy at the clinical site.

    For updated information, please call the emergency communications hotline at 617-638-6886 or visit the BUMC emergency communications website

  • Julie on 10.28.2012 at 8:00 pm

    Does anybody know if Tuesday is a normal Tuesday schedule or if Monday schedule is pushed to Tuesday? i can’t find where it says anything about this….

    thanks

    • RK on 10.28.2012 at 9:34 pm

      Tuesday is going to be a normal schedule. They plan all the Monday schedule days out way in advance and wouldn’t change it in such short notice without sending out a bunch of emails.

  • Another BU Parent on 10.28.2012 at 8:01 pm

    Tulane did a great job communIcating during the recent hurricane. They had an FAQ page and regular updates on a blog. They gave specific information regarding the power outage, the buildings with generators, when and where you could charge computers and phones, and dining hall hours and menus. They told everyone what they knew and they updated the site as new information became available.

    • Annoyed New Englander on 10.29.2012 at 9:42 am

      Are you honestly comparing BU to a school that’s located in a serious hurricane zone? This is ridiculous. The article has provided plenty of “FAQ” information and individual pages, such as Fitrec, have agreed to post updates accordingly. The university has an emergency alert system that is available if needed. BU students have lost power for a few hours before due to CONSTRUCTION and a fire in Downtown Boston…it’s not the end of the world. These students are adults and maybe it’s time for you to treat your child as one. You’re CLEARLY not from New England if you think this situation is comparable to a hurricane approaching New Orleans…threats of 60 mph maximum winds vs Oh, I don’t know, 120 mph? Sure, that’s about the same.

      PS. BU offers most of this information on a regular basis….for example, I invite you to visit the Dining Services page (/dining) to find half of the information you suggested above.

      • Annoyed New Englander on 10.29.2012 at 12:32 pm

        BU Today has ALWAYS been the source for crisis communication, so I’m not really sure what you’re talking about. As “former BU parent” commented below, I think that BU has gone beyond normal expectations in this situation – the university has come under a lot of criticism from parents lately that are constantly undermining its efforts, and bringing up examples of schools that are in a completely different geographical environment just seems completely irrelevant.

        For the record, I’m a relatively recent graduate and was always extremely pleased with the way information was communicated to me in emergency situations.

    • former BU parent on 10.29.2012 at 10:48 am

      Seriously, BU will take the precautions to care for your ADULT child. I agree, Boston is not New Orleans so of course they don’t need to go to that extreme. Relax and instead of finding fault with everything try commending the school for taking EXTRA precautions.

  • FitRec on 10.28.2012 at 8:01 pm

    FitRec will be closed at least until 3:30 pm. on monday 10/29/12. A decision will be made about a late afternoon opening tomorrow at some point. Follow @Fitrec on twitter for current hours and updates.

  • BU Student and Biker on 10.28.2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for listening to our concerns and acting accordingly!

  • Jaidee on 10.28.2012 at 8:37 pm

    Will the shuttles still be running on Monday?

    • Read People on 10.28.2012 at 9:46 pm

      It clearly states in the article that there will be no bus service. If you just read you don’t have to ask redundant questions.

      • Jaidee on 10.29.2012 at 12:45 am

        I’m sorry. When I asked a bus driver tonight he said he thought they might still run. I was simply wondering if there had been any update.

  • BU parent on 10.28.2012 at 10:04 pm

    The article states that the BU bus will not be running.

  • Poop Mcgee on 10.28.2012 at 10:27 pm

    If the situation remains unclear, and student safety is still a possible issue on Tuesday, please don’t be greedy President Brown…we barely got Monday off, thank you Governor Patrick for having some common sense!

  • BU Parent on 10.29.2012 at 12:18 am

    Thank You!!!!

  • Ahmed Alsherif on 10.29.2012 at 2:53 am

    Stay safe everyone.

  • Allison on 10.29.2012 at 10:44 am

    Great decision, BU. It would have been completely irresponsible to keep classes open today. I’m so glad everyone can stay at home and stay safe!

  • TJ the Pirate on 10.29.2012 at 10:55 am

    Well blast me tack an’ grog but we be runnin’ th’ skeleton t’day tho thar ain’t naught but a blight o’ blusterin tween me fo’castle an’ nest. Whar’s me pirates at, ter be giv’n achase per such temid tropic’s twister?

    YARRR an damn all spell checkn’s

  • BU Parent on 10.29.2012 at 11:26 am

    My son and I are native Californians where there is no real weather. I know my son will be safe and take the lead of his dorm mates who grew up in more severe climates. I hope he has an interesting adventure. Of course I also hope the millions affected suffer no further casualties and minimal damage.

    PS- So, do we get a prorated rebate for the lost credit hours??

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 11:37 am

    It’s a good thing that we needed the governor to cancel classes. Congratulations on ensuring the safety of your students BU. I’m glad you have our best interests in mind. Thank you Governer Patrick for keeping us safe.

  • Jon on 10.29.2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you BU for making the right call. This is the safer alternative!

  • concerned parent on 10.29.2012 at 12:40 pm

    THe news says that Hurricane Sandy is meant to flood at approximately 12-1pm on Tuesday. I am from California and my daughter goes to BU. We are not used to this kind of thing. I believe that school needs to be canceled on Tuesday to ensure the safety of my daughter and all the other students. The rain on monday will be worsened on Tuesday. watch the news people

  • annoyed student on 10.29.2012 at 12:55 pm

    BU always does this. I think it’s awesome that classes were cancelled for monday, but they always do this and it’s never truly worth it. Don’t get me wrong, i’m not upset they cancelled class, I’m just frustrated because they are going to realize it maybe wasnt so neccessary and then resume classes on Tuesday. TUESDAY IS GOING TO BE WORSE. WATCH THE NEWS. FLOODS. BU did this for Irene. They cancelled class on Monday (pointless) and then when shit hit the fan on Tuesday, we had class. DOn’t repeat your mistakes. Cover your asses and watch the news. Tuesday will be worse.

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 12:57 pm

    yeah I heard that the weather is only going to get worse tomorrow..is that true? Is it possible that classes will be cancelled tomorrow as well?

  • Mangoli De la Portas on 10.29.2012 at 1:23 pm

    So, what’s the situation about tomorrow? Are classes / activities going to be cancelled for tomorrow?

    My daughter who goes to NYU was informed just now that the university will remain closed for tomorrow as well.

    Please update us the soonest possible. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Mangoli De la Portas
    PaoThyra13Ole

  • Annoymous on 10.29.2012 at 1:39 pm

    Will school be closed on Tuesday?

  • Soooo... on 10.29.2012 at 1:55 pm

    … no classes Tuesday either? Okay, sure fine with me.

  • agoraphobia on 10.29.2012 at 1:56 pm

    please cancel class on tuesday, i have agoraphobia so going outside is already bad as it is. but when its flooded, its even scarier. i might drown outside walking to class. don’t make me suffer even further for my mental disorder because of a natural occurrence.

    • dont worry on 10.29.2012 at 7:16 pm

      I HAVE A CANOE!!! we can canoe-pool to school tomorrow. like carpool but in a canoe! have no fear, canoer is here!

  • Maria G. Mercado on 10.29.2012 at 2:06 pm

    As as parent who is living on the west coast and far away from her son,
    I thank you BU for taking the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

  • Dr gurman tevfik on 10.29.2012 at 3:26 pm

    Bu made a good decision. İ wish that the god will save all student from sandy.

  • Student91 on 10.29.2012 at 3:54 pm

    Its supposed to be worse tomorrow, any word if we are still having classes?

  • Ayush Khattar on 10.29.2012 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for this! look at the weather outside~!

  • Lisa on 10.29.2012 at 4:24 pm

    Instead of informing your students if school is canceled tomorrow, I think you should tell them at 6 p.m. tonight like you did yesterday. And inform them about the condition of the storm. It’s suppose to flood tomorrow.

  • Morgan Shapiro on 10.29.2012 at 4:29 pm

    I am a semi-professional weather-woman and I feel it is vital for classes to be cancelled on Tuesday. I recently ran some algorithms and it is GOING to be DANGEROUS outside tomorrow. I expect you to do the right thing BU.

    Best,
    JPM

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 6:37 pm

    Just wondering why the University is waiting until 8pm to inform us about possible cancellation? I think that is extremely late considering conditions are supposed to be worse than they are now!

  • student on 10.29.2012 at 7:08 pm

    i really hope they cancel tomorrow classes because i dont live NEAR the campus. i have to take the Red line and the Green line everyday for school. and the first class for me is 8AM tomorrow morning.

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 7:22 pm

    I really think classes should be cancelled tomorrow. Not complaining that classes were cancelled today, but it was indeed possible to make it to classes this morning and through the early afternoon. The storm is picking up speed now and it’s supposed to be worse tomorrow. If anything, classes should have been held today and be cancelled tomorrow. Hope BU makes the appropriate decision.

  • Student on 10.29.2012 at 7:33 pm

    Time to start protesting for no classes tomorrow.

    • Student on 10.29.2012 at 8:06 pm

      I wonder when they are going to make the announcement? It’s already past 8..

  • SERIOUSLY CONCERNED on 10.29.2012 at 7:38 pm

    I am a parent and I live in Nebraska and I am seriously concerned for my muffin. My mother is hear in her wheel chair seriously loosing her marbles worrying over my sweetums. When will we know if there are classes tomorrow? I might have a stomach ulcer over this :(. I have been watching the news with my mother and she might soon have nervous diarrhea and no one wants that. Please cancel classes tomorrow.
    Love,
    Carol

  • paul nimsuwan on 10.29.2012 at 8:59 pm

    i will not risk neither my life nor my property to make it to classes tomorrow whether the school is going to close or not. whoever is in charge of making a class cancellation should take this very serious. i think school should definitely be closed tomorrow.

  • South campus student on 10.29.2012 at 9:11 pm

    I live in a basement, it’s raining heavily and I’ve already been warned about my apartment flooding. Don’t make me go outside and risk the flooding with nobody here to do anything about it.

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