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Questions about snow policies answered

Following are the answers to frequently asked questions about the university’s policies regarding inclimate weather.

How will I know if classes are canceled or if the workday has been delayed?
A delayed start of a workday or class cancellations on the Lawrence campus will be announced after 6 a.m. Call KU’s Inclement Weather Policy Line, 864-SNOW, or the University Information Center, 864-3506; check the KU Web site,; or listen to local broadcast media, including KANU-FM 91.5, KLWN-AM 1320, KLZR-FM 105.9, KJHK-FM 90.7, and Topeka and Kansas City radio and television stations.

How will I know when the university is open?
The university does not make announcements when classes continue to meet as scheduled.

What about class cancellations at the Edwards Campus?
Decisions to cancel classes or curtail operations at the Edwards Campus are independent of the decisions made for the Lawrence campus. The Edwards Campus has its own weather line — 864-8499 from Lawrence or (913) 897-8499 from the Kansas City area.

What happens when severe weather develops during the day?
KU officials may declare a weather emergency. In this case, afternoon and/or evening classes on the Lawrence campus will be canceled, and nonessential university employees will be dismissed early. Employees will be contacted through an established calling tree and may be dismissed on a staggered basis.

How are decisions made to cancel classes?
In consultation with the KU Office of Public Safety, the Lawrence Police, the Highway Patrol and the National Weather Service, the provost or the chancellor makes the decision to cancel classes and/or curtail activities based on road conditions and weather forecasts.
In the event of class postponement or cancellation, university officials contact the Office of University Relations, which alerts the Information Center, the KU Inclement Weather Policy Line, the KU Web administrator and news media in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.

What if I’m driving to class from out of town during a snowstorm?
KU does not have a mandatory attendance policy. If you can’t travel safely because of poor road conditions, you should not drive to campus.

December 14, 2001
Vol. 26, No. 8

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