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Classes Canceled, University Closed

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The story will be updated throughout the day.

Having cancelled classes on Friday, Boston University is looking to state and local public safety officials for advice on whether and when to resume normal activities.  State authorities lifted their request Friday evening that all residents of Boston, Allston-Brighton, and surrounding towns remain in their homes, and the MBTA has resumed service.

Below are the latest updates on University activities.

All campus activities, including all student clubs and organizations have been cancelled this evening. All classes and events scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled. Mugar Memorial Library, the School of Management Pardee Library, the School of Education Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Stone Science Library are all closed until further notice. FitRec is closed. The BUS (BU Shuttle) will not be in service. All students are advised to stay in their residences.

Dining services are open at West Campus, Warren Towers, 100 Bay State Road, and the Buick Street Market. BU Police Chief Tom Robbins asks that all students who do visit dining halls take the most direct route to and from their residences, and do not linger outside. Robbins says police will be posted along routes to dining halls. More information is available on the Dining Services website. All retail outlets on campus are closed. 
Students are asked to eat at the dining room nearest to their residence. Residents in east and central campus dining at The Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons (100 Bay State Road), please follow the schedule listed below.  Lines may be longer than usual.  Please be patient. Students are asked not to linger in the dining rooms after finishing your meal, so other students will be able to eat.

The Warren Towers dining room will be open until 9:00 p.m.  South Campus residents should dine at Warren Towers.  The Warren Towers Late Nite will be closed this evening.

The Fresh Food Company at West Campus will be open until 9:00 p.m. for the residents of Claflin, Sleeper and Rich Halls, 1019 Commonwealth Avenue and 33 Harry Agganis Way.

The Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons (100 Bay State Road), see schedule below.

5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Danielsen Hall, 517, 519, 521 and 531 Beacon Streets, Myles floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Myles Annex

6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Myles floors 6, 7, 8 and 9, Shelton Hall and 481-483 Beacon Street

7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
575 Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road Brownstones (odd side of the street)

8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Towers (140 Bay State Road) and Bay State Road Brownstones (even side of the street) and 625 Commonwealth Avenue

Late Nite Kitchen at Marciano Commons will be closed this evening. The Hillel House Kosher dining room will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Buick Street Market & Café will close at 9:00 p.m. All other retail dining locations will remain closed this evening.

As for today’s canceled classes, “A makeup day will not be scheduled,” Associate Provost Nicole Hawkes says. “Individual faculty will make arrangements with their students for proceeding with the semester’s work.”

Essential personnel on the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus should report to work if they are able to do so safely. Anyone not able to report for their regular shift should call 617-353-2105. Public safety officials have given clearance for essential personnel in Boston to travel to and from their place of employment. All other personnel should remain at home until BU public safety officials announce it is safe to travel to campus. BU staff currently on campus may be required to work additional hours.

All campus events have been canceled. All Admissions Office events scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been canceled.

The Medical Campus will be closed on Saturday, with the exception of the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, which will resume normal clinical operations. 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 Services. Staff should check with their managers regarding their work schedules.

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 BU emergency communications website.

For students who wish to talk about what is going on, there are several resources available via telephone and in the residences. Students living in a residence hall can visit a residence hall office beginning at 9 a.m. for counseling resources. Crisis counseling services can be reached at 617-353-7277 and Student Health Services and Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569, . Students who wish to talk to the chaplain staff should call 617-353-3560. The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office is available to provide confidential counseling to graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families.

Kenneth Elmore (SED’87), dean of students, asks students to stay alert and keep their eyes on BU Today and the University’s official social media accounts (@BU_Tweets, @DeanElmore, @BUDiningService, @BU_FYI on Twitter and Boston University’s Facebook page) for further updates.

139 Comments

139 Comments on Classes Canceled, University Closed

  • Tired Student on 04.19.2013 at 6:19 am

    Been awake since 4 following police scanners, twitter, and the news. BU Today, please include in this article the importance of STAYING INDOORS until further notice. The police have articulated this multiple times on all news platforms. Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Cambridge, Allston, Brighton, especially… But all of Boston is on watch.

    • Freddy on 04.19.2013 at 10:13 am

      parent… are cell phone services shut down all over the city and campus? Can’t get through to my son and wanted to see if he and his roommate are ok? For peace of mind, thanks if anyone can answer.

      • Student on 04.19.2013 at 11:05 am

        As far as I know, cell lines are open. Maybe they’re still asleep? The commotion has moved pretty far away from campus.

      • Eileen on 04.19.2013 at 11:08 am

        Haven’t heard from my son either. I have called and texted and messaged on facebook. True, he may be sleeping…

        • Eileen on 04.19.2013 at 11:27 am

          Just heard from him, he was sleeping. Your son probably is too.

      • Judy Skagen (a parent) on 04.19.2013 at 1:20 pm

        I have been able to get through to my daughter via text and email. Was able to talk to her this morning, and have been communicating via text all morning.

      • Patricia Wagner on 04.19.2013 at 3:41 pm

        My son is a senior and I can tell you that he and many other students were up all night so, yes, he is probably sleeping! I’ve been able to reach my son so I think you could text, leave a vm, FB contact and ask him to contact you asap. My son said everyone is fine and in their dorms. Try calling one of the BU office numbers on their site if you’re really worried. : )

      • Cynthia on 04.19.2013 at 4:17 pm

        Parent- we has our son give us a list of friends with their phone numbers to contact in case we can’t get in touch with him .

    • Theater Student on 04.19.2013 at 7:25 pm

      Does this mean that rehearsals in the CFA are cancelled for tomorrow? Trying to figure out when I can go home for the weekend, my family is very worried about me.

  • GMS Student on 04.19.2013 at 6:20 am

    Does this apply to the medical campus as well?

  • Amanda on 04.19.2013 at 6:22 am

    I’m assuming this means staff as well?

  • BUSM on 04.19.2013 at 6:23 am

    Kind of RIDICULOUS how the medical campus ALWAYS gets the notice to cancel classes last.

    There needs to be a unified mechanism ACROSS THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY.

    BUSM 1st year medical students have an exam today. What is the policy on that??

    • rsenic on 04.19.2013 at 12:59 pm

      welcome to the world of medicine! just be glad you will be training in much more benign conditions than i did 25 years ago

  • parent on 04.19.2013 at 6:26 am

    Does this mean the accepted student open house is cancelled as well?

    • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 7:07 am

      Yes, all campus events for visiting students and families today are cancelled. This includes Open House programs for admitted students as well as campus information sessions and tours offered through the Admissions Reception Center. Please stay safe.

      • Another Parent on 04.19.2013 at 7:36 am

        Laurie, Is the Open House for Admitted Students for Saturday, 4/20, also cancelled?

        • Gordon Ryan on 04.19.2013 at 8:21 am

          I have been told that Saturday’s programs have not been canceled yet. We will update the alert on this page as decisions are made: http://www.bu.edu/admissions/admitted/preparing-to-attend-bu/open-house/. We will also send out emails to all registered attendees if there are changes to the programming schedules.

          – Gordon Ryan
          Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager
          BU Admissions

          • Jessica N. on 04.19.2013 at 8:44 am

            If a student signed up for the open house for today, can they come to the open house tomorrow? That is if the open house will continue tomorrow.

      • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 8:54 am

        BU has cancelled open house programs for Saturday, April 20, as well as today. Please check http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/ for updated information on campus visit events.

      • Parent on 04.19.2013 at 9:10 am

        My son is staying with a friend in the dorm and was supposed to attend the open house for admitted students. I imagine there is nothing he can do right now. Who should we contact?

        • John McEachern on 04.19.2013 at 9:58 am

          Please have your son stay with his friend for the time being. He should follow all guidelines and instructions as made available on http://www.bu.edu/today. All Open House programming has been canceled for today and tomorrow. We will follow up with students with more information about programming at a later date. http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/

      • visiting parent of admitted student on 04.19.2013 at 6:33 pm

        My heart is with all students, faculty and staff of BU.
        However, I drove 22 hours non-stop to be able to attend the Open House and I cannot express my frustation to turn around and to go back without the chance to see BU!
        It would be nice if the Saturday’s events would be re-instated since the lockdown was lifted.
        But again, when I am thinking at the loss of lives which marred Boston in the last days, a failed [long] trip is just a passing nuisance.

    • CGS parent on 04.19.2013 at 8:56 am

      I was just informed that the open house on Saturday was just cancelled.

  • Emma on 04.19.2013 at 6:28 am

    Now, that I’m up are the dining halls open??? I obviously don’t want staff to be here if they don’t have to be.

    • Gary Nicksa on 04.19.2013 at 7:09 am

      Students should stay in their dorms. Dining hall staff who are already on campus will keep dining rooms open. All dining and facilities staff who are home are being told to stay home until public safety officials give the okay to travel.

      • Meg on 04.19.2013 at 8:10 am

        I”m wondering about food for the kids in dorms without dining halls?

        • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 8:42 am

          West, Warren, and 100 Bay State Rd as well as the Buick St Market are open and will maintain regular hours. Students living in dorms that do not have a dining hall will have a continental breakfast delivered to them this morning. Dining Services is in the process of doing that now…and they will deliver meals later in the day if needed. Students should visit dining services’ website at http://www.bu.edu/dining for up to date info.

          • Craig Hill on 04.19.2013 at 9:16 am

            Just to clarify, Dining Services is in the process of delivering food items such as bagels and coffee to Shelton, Towers, Myles and Danielson. At this time, we do not have enough staff to deliver to all residence halls that do not have a dining hall.

          • Parent in PA on 04.19.2013 at 12:57 pm

            Thank you BU Dining Services for food delivery to major residence facilities. My daughter just discovered that she can walk to 520 Park from Buswell for food. I am very nervous about her having to walk, even that short distance, especially as the day progresses and it gets dark. She doesn’t see any BU or other security on that walking route. Anyone know if that will that change as it gets dark?

    • BU mom on 04.19.2013 at 1:10 pm

      My daughter is in miles and got breakfast. I want to thank everyone involved in this effort who is keeping our children safe and fed!

  • Student on 04.19.2013 at 6:29 am

    Will FitRec be closing?

    • R on 04.19.2013 at 7:29 am

      Fit Rec is closed, I just got sent out of it because they were closing.

    • Sean on 04.19.2013 at 7:30 am

      Yeah it already did

    • Peter Smokowski on 04.19.2013 at 7:47 am

      FitRec is closed. All scheduled classes, club and intramural sports are cancelled.

    • FitRec Management on 04.19.2013 at 7:50 am

      The Fitness & Recreation Center is closed and all formal programs are canceled for the day. Any changes to this information will be posted on our homepage at http://www.bu.edu/fitrec. Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

  • Frank on 04.19.2013 at 6:29 am

    Please clarify about medical campus ASAP please.

    • Kat Hasenauer Cornetta on 04.19.2013 at 7:21 am

      Medical Campus info has been updated within the story. Medical Campus closed, but some staff and students in certain areas need to report.

  • L on 04.19.2013 at 6:31 am

    “Cancelled classes” … should CRC staff report to work or not?

  • Edmarie on 04.19.2013 at 6:33 am

    I have the same question. Does BUMC have classes?

  • Alpha on 04.19.2013 at 6:34 am

    As others have said, can you guys please clarify if this also means the medical campus?

  • BUMC student on 04.19.2013 at 6:39 am

    Please advise to the medical campus…

  • Parent2 on 04.19.2013 at 6:40 am

    I’m asking the same question as before, is the open house cancelled?

    • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 7:08 am

      Yes, all campus events are cancelled today, including those for admitted students and their families.

  • student on 04.19.2013 at 6:42 am

    There are a lot of questions about the med campus. It seems like common sense since the MBTA is shut down, but there’s always a big announcement made that you have to check a different website than bu.edu/today for closing information (which has never been convenient and is now an issue of public safety). Maybe a quick line confirming it would ensure even the most dedicated GMS/MED/SPH students stay inside…

    • steve on 04.19.2013 at 7:15 am

      This is from the medical campus: Boston University Medical Campus will be closed on Friday, April 19, 2013, due to the ongoing police search for the second suspect in the Marathon bombing. 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. Staff should check with their managers regarding their work schedules.

      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 BU emergency communications website at http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm/.

  • Donna R. on 04.19.2013 at 6:44 am

    Is the accepted students open house being rescheduled?

    • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 7:33 am

      Additional admitted student open houses are scheduled for next weekend. Although no programming is offered today, special programming for admitted students and their families is offered weekdays at the Admissions Reception Center at 121 Bay State Road through May 1. We are exploring other ways of accommodating those of you who wish to visit before making your enrollment decision.

      • Monica on 04.19.2013 at 9:56 am

        My daughter and I were scheduled for admitted students open house for COM; you mention addtional admitted student open houses are scheduled for next weekend, does this include COM?

        • Kristina Roman on 04.19.2013 at 9:57 am

          This includes ALL colleges at the university.

        • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 11:54 am

          Dear Monica — COM was not scheduled to have an open house next weekend, but we are exploring options for accommodating all students who were not able to join us this weekend. We will post updates to http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us.

      • Heidi on 04.19.2013 at 11:22 am

        I flew in with my daughter from CA for today’s open house. If we stay over the weekend would Admissions be able to accommodate us with last minute scheduling of tours/visits? We had planned to head home early Sunday but would consider staying through Monday if we knew we could tour campus facilities, housing, class visit or anything else possible.

        It is not possible for us to return next weekend for the other scheduled open houses.

        • Meredyth D Thomas on 04.19.2013 at 12:22 pm

          Dear Heidi, With events in the city still deemed to be in a developing status we are currently unsure as to when exactly we can resume visit programs. I coordinate on-campus programs for Admissions and would appreciate the opportunity to be in touch with you directly about what we could offer on Monday provided that campus is open again. Please contact me at mdthomas@bu.edu

  • MM on 04.19.2013 at 6:46 am

    All MBTA services closed

  • bu student on 04.19.2013 at 6:46 am

    any updates on student club activities that are scheduled to take place tonight?

    • Sue on 04.19.2013 at 7:07 am

      BUMC is closed, just got an email from a dental professor.

    • Kat Hasenauer Cornetta on 04.19.2013 at 7:22 am

      We will be updating the status of student organization activities as the day goes on.

      • bu student on 04.19.2013 at 10:45 am

        Are there any updates on this?
        I just want to know whether the student organization activities event has been officially cancelled.

  • Gordon Ryan on 04.19.2013 at 6:52 am

    Parents/students who are wondering about Open House: the entire University is closed today. All Admissions events are therefore cancelled. We are sending an email out to all who are registered for an Open House event or a program at the Admissions Reception Center. We will not be continuing with any of our visit programs today.

    – Gordon Ryan
    Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager
    Boston University Admissions

    • Max Yergan on 04.19.2013 at 7:46 am

      So does this mean the open house programs for tomorrow, Saturday April 20th, will definitively be cancelled as well?

      • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 8:46 am

        Yes, we have cancelled open house programs for Saturday, April 20, as well as today. Please check http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/ for updated information on campus visit events.

  • Bl on 04.19.2013 at 6:52 am

    I got an email that the open house events are canceled.

  • BUMC Student on 04.19.2013 at 6:57 am

    What about BUMC? No emails and no bumc site update.

    • BUSM IV on 04.19.2013 at 7:05 am

      “The Medical Campus and dental clinical services are closed. Students on clinical service rotations should check with their preceptors about working hours. Essential personnel are asked to report to work.”

      3rd and 4th year students: we are NOT essential personnel. Stay home and stay safe. No-one will blame you.

    • BUSM M1 on 04.19.2013 at 7:09 am

      According to an email I got from my professor, BUSM is closed. My professor is trying to figure out what to do about our exam that was scheduled for today

  • bu parent on 04.19.2013 at 7:03 am

    We were going to pick up our child/children today. Are the roads closed? Can the kids leave campus with their parents?

    • ap on 04.19.2013 at 7:49 am

      Stay home. The whole Greater Boston area is locked down under state police orders. That includes parents.

    • steve on 04.19.2013 at 8:00 am

      I just talked with BU public safety officials and they report that there are no road closures and that students are free to leave campus with their parents.

      • BU Parent on 04.19.2013 at 10:44 am

        it’s 10:42. what is status of travel now?

        Thank you.

        • Steve on 04.19.2013 at 11:19 am

          Hi again. I just now shared your question with our police chief and he tells me that we still don’t have any road closures in and around campus and that students remain free to leave with their parents.

          • BU Student on 04.19.2013 at 12:21 pm

            Hi! Sorry to bother you with this question again. My mother is trying to drive here to get me, do you know if there have been any changes as to the status of the roads around campus?

      • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 1:32 pm

        As of 1:30, the Mayor’s hotline says students remain free to leave with their parents over Boston roads.

  • BUMC Student on 04.19.2013 at 7:05 am

    Many of us have classes at 8; we need to know ASAP. Thank you

  • BUSM IV on 04.19.2013 at 7:11 am

    “Dear Students,

    BU School of Medicine is closing. You will receive the standard message shortly concerning who should report in. The first and second year class exams will not happen today and we will be in contact later regarding rescheduling.

    Best wishes,

    Karen Symes”

  • SDM student on 04.19.2013 at 7:14 am

    Message received from dental school:

    A decision to also close the medical campus has just been made. An official announcement from the Dean’s Office will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please be safe.

  • Jac on 04.19.2013 at 7:16 am

    Will Student Health Services be open today?

    • Kat Hasenauer Cornetta on 04.19.2013 at 7:24 am

      For right now, please stay indoors. Call Student Health at 617-353-3575 and you will be directed as to what to do.

    • David McBride on 04.19.2013 at 7:38 am

      Student Health Services is closed along with the rest of campus for the safety of our employees. We will be contacting students with appointments for today to inform them. The support groups for today are cancelled, but we will be attempting to reach out to students already affected by this terrible situation. Please stay indoors as instructed by the BUPD.

      David McBride, MD
      Director, Student Health Services

  • Craig Hill on 04.19.2013 at 7:35 am

    The BU Shuttle will not be in operation today.

  • Harold on 04.19.2013 at 7:52 am

    Are they giving out tickets for steeet parking meters on BU campus?

    • Bustudent on 04.19.2013 at 11:34 am

      I think police are a bit preoccupied and have other things on their minds than giving tickets…

  • ERIC on 04.19.2013 at 7:52 am

    HI..DOES ANYONE KNOW ABOUT TOMORROWS APRIL 20TH ADDMIITED STUDENTS OPEN HOUSE. IS IT STILL ON, OR CANCELLED?? NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WE GET ON ROAD FROM NJ…AND WE NEED TO KNOW IF WE NEED TO CANCEL HOTEL. urgent Many thanks! All, please be careful.!

    • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 7:55 am

      See info above: “Additional admitted student open houses are scheduled for next weekend. Although no programming is offered today, special programming for admitted students and their families is offered weekdays at the Admissions Reception Center at 121 Bay State Road through May 1. We are exploring other ways of accommodating those of you who wish to visit before making your enrollment decision.”

      • Freshman Mom on 04.19.2013 at 8:08 am

        Today is not the day to drive to Boston. The roads near the university are closed. Cancel your hotel. Stay home and come visit the campus later in the spring.

    • John O'Rourke on 04.19.2013 at 8:01 am

      We will have more information about tomorrow’s open house later today. Please check back for details.

      • ERIC on 04.19.2013 at 8:08 am

        THANKS JOHN….AS THE OLD SONG GOES…”OUR BAGS ARE PACKED”. WE WILL BE CHECKING POSTS. THANK YOU!

  • Ann on 04.19.2013 at 8:10 am

    Has a decision been made about Saturday’s open houses for admitted students? We are scheduled to get on a plane from out-of-state this afternoon and fly in for Saturday’s open house…

    • krissy on 04.19.2013 at 8:27 am

      Yeah… That’s probably not going to work out. All the facilities are closed today; who knows how long it’ll take them to find the suspect… It’s dangerous.

    • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 8:48 am

      Open House events and all campus visit programs are cancelled for Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20.

  • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 8:10 am

    ADMITTED STUDENT OPEN HOUSE UPDATE:

    Admitted student open houses are cancelled for today and tomorrow, April 19 and 20. Please do not come to campus for these events. We are exploring options for accommodating those of you who want to visit campus before making your enrollment decision. Thank you for your patience.

    • Lynn on 04.19.2013 at 8:45 am

      We traveled up by train last night from New Jersey for today’s open house; I took time off of work so my son could attend your open house. Will we have a chance to see the University if we stay until tomorrow?

      • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 8:53 am

        We do not know at present if the campus will be open tomorrow and, thus, have cancelled all campus visit programs. We will not have staff on site today or tomorrow to accommodate visitors. We are presently exploring options for rescheduling events and communicating with those scheduled to be with us this weekend. I regret the inconvenience this has caused you.

        • Jessica on 04.19.2013 at 12:33 pm

          We flew in from DC yesterday to come to the open house today. My son cannot attend the open house next week as my son has his senior class trip. So there is literally no time to come to open house before he has to make his decision. Could there be one scheduled on Sunday or Monday? Just asking so that I know what to do as far as travel plans.

          • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 12:41 pm

            Dear Jessica —
            Events are still unfolding in Boston and we are not sure yet when the campus will open for regular operations. Assuming this occurs by Monday, we will have special programming available for admitted students operating from our Admissions Reception Center at 121 Bay State Road. Please see http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us for updates, or contact Meredyth Thomas at mdthomas@bu.edu.

        • Nicole Petrescu on 04.19.2013 at 11:20 pm

          It is nice to hear that you are exploring alternate options now that events are under control. I can understand that it may be inconvenient for the administration to reorganize cancelled events, but your effort will pay off if our children, patiently waiting to visit BU feel appreciated; your institution will mutually benefit from their enrollment in the near future.

    • Nicole Petrescu on 04.19.2013 at 11:12 pm

      We came to visit BU on Friday driving from St. Louis, but could not come close to campus due to the unfortunate events. Now that everything seems to be under control in Boston, we must move on with our lives, and I really hope that BU will reconsider canceling the Open House for Saturday. Our daughter is very anxious to visit BU, and as parets, we hope that her experience at Bu will shape her enrollment decision.

      • Jennifer on 04.20.2013 at 8:16 am

        We spent college money to make the trip to Boston so my S could decide between BU and one other school. This was a back-up school for him (*he was accepted to much more competitive schools, but they were going to accept 54 college credits that he gained as a PSEO student in high school, so he’s considering it). It would be a shame for the university to lose out on any student because they couldn’t find a way to open a couple of offices on a day that was previously scheduled to be open. I’m confident that they would not want to miss out on my S attending here. I wouldn’t say the same about him if I we were talking about U.Penn or Columbia. Unfortunately, without getting a chance to speak with someone in his department at BU, he has to make his decision based on the what he is able to derive from the BU website and generic pamphlets, which is likely to deter him when compared to his other school. Business in Boston seems to be back to normal today, but BU isn’t bouncing back like the rest of the city. Shameful…they will likely lose some great students that would have otherwised committed had the school just opened their doors…

  • sarah on 04.19.2013 at 8:11 am

    so are we allowed to go to the west dining hall? thats the only way me and my suitemates will be able to eat today (we’re in 1019)….

    • John O'Rourke on 04.19.2013 at 8:37 am

      West, Warren, and 100 Bay State Rd as well as the Buick St Market are open and will maintain regular hours. Students living in dorms that do not have a dining hall will have a continental breakfast delivered to them this morning. Dining Services is in the process of doing that now…and they will deliver meals later in the day if needed. Students should visit dining services’ website at http://www.bu.edu/dining for up to date info.

      • Freshman Mom on 04.19.2013 at 10:48 am

        That is great.

    • Freshman on 04.19.2013 at 2:39 pm

      What about Students living in Brownstones?

  • ERIC on 04.19.2013 at 8:17 am

    Laurie Pohl, thank you so much for your speedy response! Be safe!

    • Laurie Pohl, VP/ENSA on 04.19.2013 at 10:27 am

      Thank you, Eric. You as well.

  • Hungry BU Student on 04.19.2013 at 8:27 am

    are the dining halls open?

    • David Keefe on 04.19.2013 at 8:29 am

      From the article: “While dining services are open at West Campus, Warren Towers, 100 Bay State Road, and the Buick Street Market, students are advised to remain in their residences until state authorities lift the stay-in-place order. All retail outlets on campus are closed.”

  • South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:05 am

    South Campus has no dining halls and i’m sure most of us aren’t keen to go out to Warren or 100BSR given the situation. Will food be delivered to us like it was during Hurricane Sandy?

    • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 9:09 am

      Students living in dorms that do not have a dining hall will have a continental breakfast delivered to them this morning. Dining Services is in the process of doing that now…and they will deliver meals later in the day if needed. Students should visit dining services’ website at http://www.bu.edu/dining for up to date info.

      • South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:15 am

        The dining website only says that they are delivering food to Danielsen, Shelton, Myles and Towers. No mention of South.

        • Rich Barlow on 04.19.2013 at 9:21 am

          From Craig Hill of Auxillary Services: Just to clarify, Dining Services is in the process of delivering food items such as bagels and coffee to Shelton, Towers, Myles and Danielson. At this time, we do not have enough staff to deliver to all residence halls that do not have a dining hall.

          • South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:23 am

            Alright, thank you.

          • Other South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:34 am

            Thank you for providing all of this information, but it’s a little absurd that BU dining services is ignoring South Campus completely. While I am glad that students in Myles and Danielsen are getting food, Shelton and Towers are both extremely close to 100 Bay State Road and if you believe the situation is dangerous enough that we should not leave the dorms at all, how are we supposed to get food. Because we live in dormitories, we are required to purchase a dining plan, but because we are too far away, we are ignored during a time like this? Additionally, While Danielsen and Myles are further from dining halls than Shelton and Towers, there are a myriad of restaurants and convenience stores in Kenmore, while here in South, we have one restaurant and one 7-11, not really sufficient for the entire population living here, especially if, because of our location, we don’t get safe access to dining services.

          • Craig Hill on 04.19.2013 at 9:49 am

            Dining is working with Residence Life to have a central location in South Campus for food deliveries, 520 Park Drive, basement level. Food will be there very soon.

          • Other South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:55 am

            Thank you so much!

    • B on 04.19.2013 at 9:41 am

      Don’t you guys have some Ramen under your bunks? You’ll live without food for a half day or so.

      This is an unprecedented day, so let’s cut BU some slack.

      • South Campus Resident on 04.19.2013 at 9:52 am

        Not everyone eats Ramen, and Ramen isn’t always sufficient. I get gastric pains sometimes if i don’t eat proper food, and eating Ramen only makes them worse.

        I’m not knocking on BU or Dining Services. I understand that there are not enough people on hand to deliver food everywhere. I don’t mind waiting. I have half a tub of peanut butter i can eat from if i’m starting to feel the gastric pains. But it seems like South is being ignored completely. Craig from Auxiliary Services only mentioned the four dorms that they are delivering food to. He didn’t mention South at all, even if South is getting food slightly later than the rest. I don’t even feel safe walking down to 7-11, let alone all the way to 100BSR or Warren to eat.

      • From South Campus on 04.19.2013 at 10:07 am

        Yeah, while this may be unprecedented, this is part of a larger pattern of BU completely ignoring South Campus, especially during crises. During the big snow storms, North Campus from at least 100 Bay State to the GSU was nicely salted and pretty walkable, but down here, it was actually dangerous to go outside because of the amount of ice and slush. I appreciate that BU has to de facto prioritize some areas of campus over others, but does South really always have to be the last thought? Also, no, I didn’t stock up on food in the event that there was a city-wide manhunt happening right outside my window, nor should I have to considering how much a required dining plan costs.

        • em on 04.19.2013 at 3:42 pm

          Gastric pains? BU ignored south campus? What horrible first world problems you all have.

          • Layla on 04.19.2013 at 3:57 pm

            Seriously. Poor things, forced to eat Ramen. Quelle horreur!

          • Logic on 04.19.2013 at 6:20 pm

            Yes, first world problems, which I get to complain about because I pay first world tuition which empties my first world bank account and is leaving me with first world debt. But you’re right, I’m just being a complainer. Just like if I was eating at a restaurant, paid the bill up front, and got a little bummed when meals were delivered to every table but mine.

  • Umass student on 04.19.2013 at 10:09 am

    Boston University really cares its students, the alert system in Umass sucks, it took three hours to warn us after the bombings on Monday, and we can’t get any detailed updates through our university website.

  • BU Alumni input on 04.19.2013 at 10:33 am

    It would be great if the community would come together and help each other out. If you have snacks, please share with your neighbors. There are more pressing issues going on right now.

  • Tamara on 04.19.2013 at 10:43 am

    My daughter lives in a brownstone 2 blocks from 100 Bay Street. Even though the students aren’t supposed to go out, they have been told that if they want to eat, they need to go to 100 Bay Street for food. I understand you don’t have enough staff but don’t tell one half of the campus to stay in and the other to walk 2 blocks for food.

  • Nicole on 04.19.2013 at 11:14 am

    Does the university being closed affect the online courses?

    • Ellen on 04.19.2013 at 11:55 am

      Depends, if your course is asynchronous the closing should have no effect.
      Please try to contact your course Instructor or Facilitator.

  • Melanie on 04.19.2013 at 11:22 am

    Kids that don’t have food are going to go out to get food. They’re kids. better to have a plan that includes all the dorms. so they know they are not on their own.

  • Student Activities on 04.19.2013 at 2:02 pm

    Student Activities has decided that all events this evening are cancelled. We are concerned that even if the shelter in place mandate is lifted, bringing together all the required support servies for these events will not be realistic. We will work with the hosting student organizations to reschedule what we can when the office reopens on Monday.

  • Glen Harris on 04.19.2013 at 2:39 pm

    Life at BU hasn’t changed since I was there in the 70’s… Buswell dorm and others that do not have a dining service hall still struggle in these circumstances. Just be safe all students from an alumni afar in Georgia…

  • Charlie on 04.19.2013 at 3:51 pm

    Is the Cinematheque for APRIL 19-AN EVENING WITH ALISON TATLOCK cancelled? Or will it be rescheduled? If not will there be other opportunities to fill our cinematheque requirements?

    • Kristina Roman on 04.19.2013 at 4:04 pm

      All events on campus are cancelled. Mandatory class requirements related to events should be directed to professors via email.

  • Parent on 04.19.2013 at 4:30 pm

    My daughter in Danielsen did not get breakfast, and now is supposed to WALK through Kenmore Square to get to Bay State and she has to be there at 5 pm in order to get any dinner. The city of Boston is SHUT DOWN – how can you make our children walk ANYWHERE for a meal? Are there police available to escort them to the dining hall? BU – you can do better by your nervous students and their worried parents!

    • BU Alum on 04.19.2013 at 5:16 pm

      For Heaven’s sake, your daughter will not starve to death. If you read the article in full, you would see that BU police are staggered around the dining hall routes.

      So if she can’t handle walking over to Kenmore, I’m sure she could find something open on Mass Ave. But she’d be on her own.

      If you haven’t noticed, BU is actually receiving praise for how it is handling the situation at hand. I’m sorry you cannot hear that praise over the sounds of your child’s grumbling stomach. Next time your kid elects to attend college in a major city with crime, send a care package full of granola bars.

  • Gradstudent on 04.19.2013 at 4:45 pm

    When is a decision for Saturday classes on campus expected to be made? Thanks.

  • See above on 04.19.2013 at 5:36 pm

    According to the updated headline, all Saturday classes and events are cancelled.

  • Tamara on 04.19.2013 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you BU for setting a schedule and providing extra security so the students in the Brownstones can get to and from 100 Bay Street!

  • BU... on 04.19.2013 at 6:06 pm

    Nice job. Seriously. Keep it up. #BostonStrong

  • vigilantart on 04.19.2013 at 6:16 pm

    If the city shelter-in-place advisory has been lifted, is it possible for Saturday events to be reinstated?

  • BU student on 04.19.2013 at 7:02 pm

    Is fitrec open now? Or will it not open until tomorrow?

    • Kris Covarrubias on 04.19.2013 at 8:07 pm

      FitRec is closed today. It will be open for regular schedule and programs on Saturday April 20.

  • Nicole Petrescu on 04.19.2013 at 11:07 pm

    We came to visit BU on Friday, but could not come close to campus due to the unfortunate events. Now that everything seems to be under control in Boston, we must move on with our lives, and I really hope that BU will reconsider canceling the Open House for Saturday. Our daughter is very anxious to visit BU, and as parets, we hope that her experience at Bu will shape her enrollment decision.

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