Cancellation of Classes and/or University Closure Due to Adverse Weather

The following is the procedure governing cancellation of classes and/or University closure owing to adverse weather conditions. Please note that cancellation of classes may happen without closure of the University.

To assist with communication, snowstorm hotlines have been established on all three campuses and are advertised in various student newspapers and on the website www.utoronto.ca.

The Strategic Communications Department will be responsible for all communications to the media. In the event that the decision to cancel classes or to close a campus is taken overnight, this will be communicated to the campus community through local radio and television stations by the Strategic Communications Department and by broadcast message via telephone to campus voice mails.

 

Decision re CANCELLATION OF CLASSES

Classes should normally NOT be cancelled by individual instructors or by division heads. Responsibility for the cancellation of classes is as follows:

Location

Decision-Maker

Snowstorm Hotline

St. George Campus

Vice-President and Provost and the Vice-President Human Resources and Equity

416-978-SNOW (7669)

U of T Mississauga

Office of the Vice-President and Principal

905-569-4455

U of T Scarborough

Office of the Vice-President and Principal

416-287-7026

In the event of the cancellation of classes, non-class related events may continue if appropriate. It is the discretion of the event organizer(s) whether or not to cancel an event if the University has not been closed.

Decision re UNIVERSITY CLOSURE

The following are the procedures to be followed when adverse weather conditions are severe enough to force consideration of the need to close University of Toronto buildings and cease normal operations. Normally, such action will be taken in conjunction with the decision to cancel classes. Until the decision to “close” all operations is announced, the University is to be considered open and non-teaching operations should continue (even if classes have been cancelled).

Events being held on campus will be cancelled when the University is closed.

In adverse weather conditions, Departments or divisions may wish to accommodate staff and/or take family/child care responsibilities into consideration. In such circumstances the Chair or division head may agree to reduce to a skeleton staff.

“Closing the University” is defined as suspension of all activities with the exception of essential services. Essential services include campus security, certain physical plant operations, caring for laboratory animals, and services related to University students’ residences. Arrangements for the provision of essential services shall be in place with all parties concerned. Because many facilities remain operational on weekends, these procedures may apply on any day of the week.

The decision to close the St. George Campus resides with the Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity and the Vice-President and Provost. Responsibility for this decision at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the University of Toronto at Scarborough resides with the respective Principals in consultation with the Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity. The respective Directors will make the decision to close the Institute for Aerospace Studies, the Koffler Scientific Reserve and the David Dunlap Observatory.

In each instance the responsible office will convey the decision to their staff and instruct Strategic Communications to notify the major Toronto radio and TV stations in precise terms of the specifics of the closure. The decision will also be recorded on the snow lines:

St. George Campus

416-978-SNOW (7669)

Uof T Mississauga

905-569-4455

U of T Scarborough

416-287-7026

Information will also be available on the university’s website www.utoronto.ca and a broadcast message will be issued via telephone to campus voice mails.

When closure occurs during normal office hours, notification of the decision via media, snow lines, website and broadcast message recordings will proceed as above. Notification will also be sent out via e-mail to Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs, and Professional and Managerial staff, who are to distribute such notices widely.

In instances where there is a closure under these procedures, all staff are expected to leave with the exception of those engaged in essential services. Staff-appointed personnel will not suffer any reduction in salary for lost time incurred. Those who are required to work to maintain essential services during any period of closure will be paid in accordance with the overtime policy or given the equivalent time off.

The University or any location of the University that has been closed will be automatically re-opened on the day following the closure. Should it be necessary to continue closure beyond the first day, the above procedure would again be followed in its entirety.