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Winter Storm Closing

How to find out about potential weather-related closings

  • Lesley website: We put a weather-alert banner across all Lesley web pages.
  • MyLesley: Look on "my start page" tab.
  • Lesley University telephone system.
  • Boston television stations: Channel 4 (WBZ), Channel 5 (WCVB) and Channel 7 (WHDH), Channel 10 (NECN) and Channel 25 (WFXT).
  • Radio stations 1030AM and 680AM broadcast the announcement and post all school closings on their websites.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS): Employees and students who have opted-in to the Lesley Emergency Alert System will be notified of Lesley’s closing by voice, text message, and email from 8 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. For Lesley closing announcement alerts earlier than 8 am or later than 9 pm, the Emergency Alert System will email or text message only.

Early Dismissal During a Winter Storm

We will give attention to the expected intensity of a storm and its duration to determine the necessity of an early closing during normal business hours.

If we decide to close during the workday, each school and department should notify and dismiss their employees. In the event of a closing, staggered dismissals, especially of employees who have the most difficult commutes (based on distance, storm conditions, and traffic), may be considered in extreme weather conditions.

All university services and programs will remain open until the time of closing. In some circumstances during inclement weather, an employee may need to leave work early or be absent even though the university officially remains open. Storm intensity may vary by location, therefore impacting the commute for some employees and students.

In such cases, the respective dean, department head, or director may permit an employee to be absent with the understanding that the absence will be charged against the employee’s existing personal or vacation days. Schools and departments should review their decision-making and communication process as it relates to individual early release.

Cancellation of Off-Campus Classes

The cancellation of off-campus classes is based on local conditions and is handled at the site location. Off-Campus Operations, through the local site coordinators and faculty, will advise students in advance of notification procedures for an individual class or site cancellation due to weather emergencies.