Inclement weather advisory: 1/27/2015
Update: 8:05 p.m.
Please note that due to the weather, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will delay opening, with normal operations resuming at 10 a.m. Other Schools may have other specific local arrangements, so if you have a class or activity at another Harvard school, please be sure to check specifics for that School.
Update: 7:05 p.m.
Harvard University has been closely monitoring the progress of the winter storm. Harvard will be open and will hold classes as scheduled Wednesday. Individual Schools will be in contact about specific local arrangements. Faculty and instructors who are unable to hold or support class tomorrow should be in touch with their School leadership.
As always, the safety of students, faculty and staff is a priority. We understand that travel will be difficult Wednesday. All Harvard community members are urged to exercise caution as they return to campus. Disruption is likely as the University, faculty and staff continue to deal with the aftermath of the storm.
In light of the parking ban in Cambridge (which has not yet been lifted) and a potential lack of capacity in some regular Harvard garages, parking officials will be on site to make accommodations at other garages for drivers who are displaced.
We understand that many staff may be late in arriving to work Wednesday. Staff who need to alter their work schedules due to unsafe travel conditions in their local areas or due to other personal circumstances (such as childcare needs) should be in contact with their supervisors.
Faculty, students and staff should be guided by their School leadership, with whom they should be in touch with any questions.
Update: 9:15 a.m.
Harvard University continues to monitor the winter storm that arrived in the Boston/Cambridge region Monday night. Approximately a foot of snow has fallen and 8 or more inches are expected to fall over the course of the day in areas. University operations are suspended today for non-critical personnel, though there may be limited schedule modifications across Schools.
As more is learned about the course of the storm and about state and local recovery efforts, information about Wednesday's schedule will be communicated late today via email, MessageMe, and on this website.
Inclement weather advisory: 1/26/2015
Update: 8:30 p.m.
From the FAS Registrar's Office: View a running list of courses that are being cancelled or rescheduled due to the winter storm.
Update: 3:30 p.m.
All Extension School classes and activities are cancelled for Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27.
DCE administrative offices are closed on Tuesday, January 27.
Update: 1:00 p.m.
Harvard University is monitoring the severe weather approaching the Boston/Cambridge area, which threatens significant snowfall and high winds beginning Monday evening. Snow is forecast to be heavy Monday night through much of Tuesday and may reach 2 to 3 feet in accumulation in areas across the region. The safety of Harvard’s students, faculty and staff is a top priority. As a result, the University will suspend operations on Tuesday for non-critical personnel.
There may be modified operations in your School or in units with critical personnel. In that case, you will receive a message from local leadership.
If you feel you need to leave early today, please be in contact with your supervisor. The City of Cambridge has announced a 4pm parking ban and the 52 Oxford St.and Soldiers Field Park garages will be open to employees and neighbors beginning at 3pm.
We will continue to closely monitor the forecast, and should weather conditions warrant further schedule changes, updates will be:
- Communicated via MessageMe
- Posted to this page and the University home page
- Available via phone at 617-496-NEWS
Snow removal crews (internal staff supplemented by external contract labor) will be on campus for the duration of the storm event. All staffing and equipment preparations are in place (including adequate inventories of salt and sand materials) in accordance with established protocols. All 24/7 operations will be fully staffed (Operations Center, Blackstone Steam Plant, and Chilled Water Plant). There will also be additional operations staff on campus overnight to respond to any issues/emergencies, including staff from FMO Maintenance, Fire Safety, Electrical Distribution, Steam Distribution, elevator mechanics (sub-contractor), and the Operations Center.
In the Event of an Emergency
The campus community will be notified through a variety of mechanisms including the Web, email and voicemail.
The Harvard homepage will broadcast an alert and direct users to an emergency page outlining the University's response. There will also be messages on the University's 24-hour news line, (617) 496-NEWS (496-6397).
Harvard University Police Department (HUPD)
Urgent: 617-495-1212 | Longwood: 617-432-1212 | Business: 617-495-1215