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Blizzard Closes Boston University on Tuesday

Up to 18 inches of snow may fall around greater Boston


As the third nor’easter in two weeks threatens to drop as much as 18 inches of snow on greater Boston, University administrators have decided to close the University on Tuesday, March 13. The closure begins at 6 am. All scheduled academic and administrative activities (i.e., classes, seminars, and meetings) have been canceled. Snow is expected to start after midnight and blizzard conditions are anticipated through Tuesday morning, with high winds and snow accumulating as quickly as three inches an hour. The storm is expected to end late Tuesday evening. University employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, Boston University PoliceFacilities Management & PlanningDining ServicesMail ServicesStudent Health ServicesEnvironmental Health & Safety, and Network Services. The city of Boston has declared a snow emergency and parking ban starting at 7 pm Monday night. BU Today will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as necessary.

Medical Campus:

The BU Medical Campus will be closed. This includes the School of Medicine, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and its Patient Treatment Centers, and the School of Public Health. Medical, Physician Assistant, and Graduate Medical Sciences students who are assigned to inpatient services or clinics are expected to be present if possible. Students must use their own discretion regarding the safety of travel to their clinical site. All students at clinical sites are responsible for contacting and following the reporting instructions of their site or clerkship director. All normal academic and administrative activities have been canceled. Employees in essential services should report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Emergency Patient Treatment, Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Mail Services.

Charles River Campus: 

George Sherman Union: Open. Libraries: All Charles River Campus libraries will be closed. Check the library website for more information. Fitness & Recreation Center: Closed. All classes, programs, rentals, and activities hosted or sponsored by Physical Education, Recreation and Dance are canceled for the day and the Track & Tennis Center has no recreational hours. Student Health Services: Student Health Service will open at 8:30 am on Tuesday and will be able to see students with urgent or emergency concerns only. Call 617-353-3575. The office is expected to remain open until 1:30 pm. On-call services will be in place after that time. Bookstore: Barnes & Noble at Boston University will be closed. Admissions: The Admissions Reception Center will closed. All campus visits are canceled. BU Shuttle (the BUS): The BUS daytime and late night service has been canceled. Parking: Students, faculty, and staff on the Charles River Campus are urged to refrain from parking in any of the University’s outside lots so that these locations can be properly cleared and maintained. All University parking permit holders who are not parked within a covered/garaged facility should park in one of the following facilities (this includes departmental vehicles): Langsam garage; 575 Commonwealth Avenue garage; and 730 Commonwealth Avenue garage. These covered parking facilities will remain open throughout the storm. Once the campus has reopened, all vehicles should be returned to normal parking areas as soon as possible. MBTA, T, and Commuter Rail Service: The MBTA will operate on a modified schedule. Subway service on the Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Lines will have reduced service, similar to a Saturday schedule. Buses will be operating on a regular weekday schedule, but expect delays, detours, and reduced service. Commuter rail service will be operating on an extremely reduced schedule. Find the latest information here.

Dining Services:

Residential Dining Services will be open.

Dining hours:

GSU Starbucks—8 am to 10 pm GSU Rhetts—8 am to 10 pm GSU City Convenience—8 am to 10 pm Warren Towers—8 am to 10 pm Warren Towers Late Night—10:30 pm to 1 am Warren Towers City Convenience—7 am to 1 am Marciano Commons—8 am to 9 pm Late Night Café—5 pm to 1 pm West Campus—8 am to 9 pm Rhett’s West—8 am to 1 am Buick Street Market—Loose Leafs and Charles River Bread will be closed. Market open 8 am to midnight Dunkin’ Donuts—8 am to 6 pm Raising Cane’s—11 am to midnight Starbucks Kenmore—6 am to 9 pm Starbucks at Warren Towers—8 am to 9 pm Kenmore City Convenience—7 am to midnight Sleeper City Convenience—7 am to 1 am Medical Campus City Convenience—closed

Closed locations:

Basho Express Fresh Fuel Rize Einstein’s Law Café Healthy Blends Jamba Juice Questrom—Starbucks and Breadwinners


15 Comments on Blizzard Closes Boston University on Tuesday

  • Anthony on 03.12.2018 at 10:17 pm

    Thank God I left that state!

  • Jay on 03.13.2018 at 1:26 pm

    For the sake of safety, please cancel school tomorrow as well.

    • Safety on 03.13.2018 at 7:12 pm

      Agreed, please think of those with accessibility needs. There is no pride in having classes unnecessarily.

  • Steph on 03.13.2018 at 4:55 pm

    Some cities have gotten 2 feet of snow. Please cancel tomorrow as well given the safety traveling into the city.

  • Amar on 03.13.2018 at 6:00 pm

    I also agree that school should be cancelled for tomorrow as well. The snow is expected to continue throughout tonight and it will be quite challenging to get to school.

  • Kate on 03.13.2018 at 6:08 pm

    In addition, some of us live far from the city, making the commute dangerous and difficult in over a foot of snow with the winds expected to be bad tomorrow as well.

  • Jenn on 03.13.2018 at 6:09 pm

    Please cancel school tomorrow. MBTA is going to be a nightmare and which a lot of students use to get to class. Not to mention hidden ice which could make driving really unsafe.

  • Alyssa on 03.13.2018 at 6:12 pm

    I am also concerned for tomorrow. Public schools have already been closed and the danger to students and teachers driving and walking is very high. Tomorrow should be canceled for the safety of everyone

  • Alyssa on 03.13.2018 at 6:20 pm

    Also the National Weather Service is continuing to update the Blizzard Warning into Wednesday now…..https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=box&wwa=blizzard%20warning

  • Glori on 03.13.2018 at 6:24 pm

    I also have major concerns about getting to class tomorrow. Not only would it be dangerous but completely inconvenient, especially if the MBTA is going to be experiencing severe delays (we know Red Line is bad enough as it is).

  • Joe on 03.13.2018 at 6:26 pm

    Cancel tomorrow already!!

  • Yatt on 03.13.2018 at 6:44 pm

    I’m also concerned about the commute tomorrow. Even tho most of the student live on campus, there’s some of us that live far from school making the commute for tomorrow dangerous not only for people that take the MBTA but also for drivers including myself.

  • Emma on 03.13.2018 at 8:59 pm

    Please cancel tomorrow. My commute takes 40 minutes on a good day and involves two buses and the T, as well as walking, and will be unsafe and incredibly long tomorrow. Please think of your students with disabilities as well. Don’t force them to miss class or take unnecessary risks in this snow.

  • Michael E. on 03.13.2018 at 8:59 pm

    There’s honestly too much snow to expect people to come to campus tomorrow and you know it. I live in Somerville and learn at the Charles River campus. You’re seriously expecting me to make it to my classes in these conditions? Do the right thing!

  • Ricky on 03.13.2018 at 10:15 pm

    Please cancel Wednesday. It’s too dangerous

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