This page contains information related to winter storm closings including early dismissal during a winter storm and if off-campus classes may be cancelled.
Attention will be given to the expected intensity of a storm and its duration to determine if an early closing during normal business hours is prudent. If a closing decision is made during the workday, each school and department is expected to have plans for orderly notification and dismissal of its 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. It should be noted, however, that all University services and programs 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 by location may vary in certain areas, thus 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 related to individual early release.
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 individual class or site cancellation due to weather emergencies.
In case of emergency, call 911 before calling Public Safety.
Brattle Campus: 617.871.6029
Porter Campus: 617.349.8390