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Emergency Information

Winter Storm Warning

Updated: 8 p.m., April 3, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Rochester area until 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. A Storm Warning is more severe than a Storm Watch and indicates that the potential for severe weather is likely. The University’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety is monitoring the forecast and conditions.

As a reminder, it is the University’s policy to remain in operation regardless of adverse weather conditions. Basic services must continue to be provided to students (a significant majority of whom live on campus) and to patients at University of Rochester hospitals and outpatient clinics. You should expect the morning commute could be slow and buses might be behind schedules. Planning for extra commuting time may be needed.

The University’s “Adverse Weather or Emergency Operation of the University” policy can be read here. Decisions on curtailment of University operations are made by the President and the Provost with the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, in consultation with relevant administrators.

Classes: It is expected that on Monday classes will meet. Decisions on whether to cancel individual classes may be made at the discretion of the relevant deans, department chairs, and faculty. If travel is much worse than expected and a decision to cancel classes is made, additional notices will be sent out. Students who are unable to get to campus due to the weather should consult with their professor or their department office.

Staffing: Essential staff are expected to report for work to continue to provide necessary medical, ambulatory services, security, utilities, dining, housing, and facilities support. Non-essential staff who are unable to get to campus should consult with their respective supervisors.

Updates on University operating status will be provided as needed via email and, and through the University’s information line at 585-275-6111.

Message sent by University Communications.

To report an emergency:

  • Pick up a Blue Light Emergency Phone
  • Dial 13 from any other University phone
  • From a cell phone or other non-University phone, dial 275-3333.
  • Dial #413 from AT&T/Cingular or Verizon cell phones


For a recorded message on cancellations and special events at the University, please call (585) 275-6111.


The University's emergency notification system allows for the mass dissemination of critical information via voice, text, and e-mail to undergraduate students during a major emergency. If you are an undergraduate in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering or the Eastman School of Music, you can input or edit your contact information in the AlertUR system. (NOTE: Text messages will be delivered more quickly than voice messages.)

What can you do?

  • Continue to stay informed by reading and listening to news media reports and going to government Web sites such as those listed on this page.
  • Know what your role is during an emergency. Reference your department's emergency response plan or your housing safety plan.
  • If you are on campus, seek assistance from University staff.
  • Be familiar with your area or department evacuation plan.

Be prepared: What should you do?

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Last modified: Sunday, 03-Apr-2016 20:12:03 EDT