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Winter storm warning issued; UD administrators monitor weather


5:55 p.m., March 16, 2014--The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Delaware region from 8 p.m., Sunday, March 16, through noon, Monday, March 17, and University of Delaware officials are monitoring the weather situation. 

Snow is expected to move into the region after 8 p.m., Sunday night, and continue overnight, when it is expected to fall at its heaviest. Predictions for accumulations in New Castle County range from 2 to 6 inches, with larger amounts predicted for Kent and Sussex counties. Drivers are advised to use caution and allow extra time for travel. The Delaware Department of Transportation has applied brine to major roadways in New Castle County. 

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UD Facilities staff will be at work early Monday morning clearing parking lots and walkways. 

Information on closing or late opening will be available on the UD home page and on UDaily. News also will be available through the UD telephone information line at 302-831-2000. In addition, information will be shared with the state Department of Education's School Closings and Delays website

Members of the campus community should not call UD Police so that telephone lines there can remain open for emergency calls.

UD Policy

Members of the University community are reminded that safety is UD's highest priority. Faculty, staff and students should not put themselves at risk, and employees who expect difficulty traveling should contact their supervisors.  

Faculty members unable to hold class should notify their departmental offices, and students unable to attend class should contact their professors. In such cases, UD policy states that students should be allowed to make up missed class time and canceled classes should be rescheduled when possible. 

The University's policy is reprinted below:

Faculty and students are not expected to take unnecessary risks to meet their teaching and learning obligations due to inclement weather. When classes have not been canceled, it is a matter of personal judgment whether traveling to campus is hazardous. Faculty should notify their departmental offices when weather precludes them from meeting their teaching obligations; similarly, students should notify their professors when inclement weather precludes them from class attendance. In such cases, students should be allowed to make up missed class time and, whenever possible, canceled classes should be rescheduled.

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