UC Public Safety increases speed, efficiency of tornado alerts
Wed, July 17, 2019
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Is the University of Cincinnati open or closed? You can prepare by understanding why the university closes, how the university communicates that it is closed and what you can do to prepare for inclement weather.
When inclement weather threatens the safety of the University of Cincinnati community, University Rule 3361: 10-55-01 will be invoked, and an emergency closing will be declared. It is possible that only some campuses of the university may close.
UC's Winter Weather Closure Procedures may call for cancellation when the National Weather Service declares a wind-chill warning (approximately -25 degrees) for an extended period of time during the daily commute or normal university operating hours.
“When we recommend closing the university for an entire day, or for part of a day, it is because we are concerned about the safety of the university community,” said Public Safety Director James Whalen. “However, when inclement weather is predicted, we ask people to plan ahead in case the university does not close.”
The following units (described in University Rule 3361:30-16-01) are never closed, no matter what the status of the rest of the university.
Students at the Academic Health Center should follow their college’s inclement weather plan.
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health, and related patient care units are not affected by this notice. Please visit www.UCHealth.com for information about University of Cincinnati Physicians offices and UC Health hospitals.
You'll be able to find important information regarding the status of UC campuses on the UC Alert page. In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, please check this page. You may want to bookmark it for future use.
If the university is closed due to inclement weather, the following media are used to communicate the closing:
If the university is open:
Last year, UC’s Facilities Management, the unit responsible for snow removal on campus, worked with UC Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and Meisner and Associates, to update the university’s snow-removal plan.
Critical areas, such has accessibility ramps and fire-exit doors, will be cleared first. All primary and secondary pedestrian areas will be cleared as soon as practical after snow events. When needed to aid with snow removal, vendor Brightview will lend assistance to UC’s Grounds Services.
As part of the university’s sustainability and environmental stewardship efforts, UC’s Grounds Services’ snow-removal efforts have adopted more eco-friendly methods. Last year, UC began using liquid de-icer before and after snow and ice events. This liquid de-icer helps prevent sodium damage to landscape and lawn areas. Salt usage and the environmental damage it can cause has also been reduced by select, strategic reductions in snow clearance. For instance, select areas like the Braid on Sigma Sigma Commons, will not be cleared (though primary walkways nearby will be). Or, broad portions of very wide staircases will be cleared to make for safe passage vs. complete clearance.
There are a variety of steps you can take now to prepare for inclement weather:
Remember: This is Cincinnati. During the winter, it snows. A little preparation now will help you when the flakes inevitably fall.