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Classes/activities cancelled; Res. Halls to stay open until Sun. a.m., dining halls thru Sat. p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Classes and activities for Thursday, Nov. 20, are cancelled, and only essential personnel are expected to report to campus.

Residence halls will now remain open until 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and full food service will be available through Saturday night.

Students are strongly advised to not drive home until the current lake-effect warning ends tomorrow afternoon. Most area roads are slippery, if not snow-covered, and a number of routes remain closed. Saturday promises to bring a break in the weather, and your family's Thanksgiving depends on your being there in one piece.

Charter buses scheduled to leave for New York City and points east at 5 p.m. on Friday will be delayed until 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The ticket office will also be sending an email to ticket holders. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. (30 minutes before departure) on Saturday morning.

The shuttle bus runs to the airport and train station scheduled for Friday have been moved to Saturday as well. The buses scheduled to depart at 6 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Friday will now leave at those same times on Saturday. Since many airline and train schedules have been cancelled or changed, students will have to contact their carriers to determine the best times for connections. Students may ride any of the three buses to make their connections. We will also extend the shuttle runs to the Buffalo bus station to assist students in making other travel connections to get home. The ticket office will be open Friday to assist students in making travel arrangements.

Students should not try to get to the train station or airport on their own. Many roads are closed and most trains and planes have cancelled. The important thing is to stay safe and warm. This storm will pass in a day or so, and the residence halls and dining areas will be open for you to use until we can get you home safely. The residence hall staff have activities planned in the halls for this evening.

Reed Library will be closing today at 5 p.m. Circulation of materials and reference service will end at 4:30 p.m.

The Fitness Center will also be closing at 5 p.m. today. They plan on opening at their regularly scheduled time tomorrow morning. Please check their Facebook page for updates and information. Open recreation hours are still planned for the Steele Hall Fieldhouse from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

The incubator will be closed all day on Thursday as well.

 


Generally, because we are a residential campus, we want to keep classes and services for students as fully operational as possible. Please assume that unless you hear otherwise, scheduled classes and events are continuing.

That being said, to be mindful of a few important principles:

  • Safety. Be extra cautious on campus and community roads and walkways. Take your time, and assume that surfaces are slippery. Before driving, clear the snow from your vehicle, and be sure you have plenty of gas for delays and windshield fluid for the salt on the roads.
  • Good judgment. Those who live off campus are in the best position to know whether you should be on the roads, given your commute, your experience as a winter driver, and your level of fatigue. Staff members who choose to stay home must use accruals, but supervisors should be understanding and supportive of that choice. Turn to friends in town if you need a place to stay; if the floodlights are on at the President’s House, it’s a sign that you’re welcome there if you need a place to wait out the weather or stay.
  • Communication. Use the tools available—texts, email, ANGEL, phone—to connect with those you need to if the weather prevents you from meeting face to face. Faculty who need to cancel class should communicate that to students and their departments as soon as possible.
  • Flexibility and Generosity. When "business as usual" is disrupted, all of us need to be flexible in our approaches and generous with one another. It’s a good idea for faculty and students to think ahead about mobile, electronic alternatives as well.

We will use the website, email, radio/TV stations, and New York Alert -- which we encourage you to register for using the link at the right -- to communicate about any cancellations. Further information is available at this site:

http://www.fredonia.edu/admin/envhealth/NYAlert.asp


 
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