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Weather Decisions

Last updated November 5, 2018 by Division of Student Affairs in General Updates

This semester the university experienced a number of inclement weather situations necessitating decisions regarding staying open or closing. Both Hurricane Florence and Michael brought their own unique challenges when assessing their potential impact for Virginia and the Richmond area.

The university employs a group of strategic leaders to assess current and predicted conditions based on the most recent and accurate forecast information available to us. A guiding principal in our decisions is the safety and security of our university community including students, faculty and staff. We take into consideration both students living on campus as well as those in the local community and commuters.  When the university does close, there are a cadre of employees who remain on campus to address concerns and maintain safety. 


With all decisions, an effort is made to communicate as quickly as possible to the university community. Communications about operational changes are posted on the VCU Alert  webpage and shared via text messages, email and local media. Parents and families can sign up to receive VCU Alerts or update their information at this webpage.

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