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Emergency Procedures

The University's general policy is:

  • Two inches or more of snow on campus, with more on the way and freezing temperatures: University closed.
  • When in doubt regarding the seriousness of conditions: delayed opening.
  • Unexpected hazardous conditions: close as early as possible.

Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Call SU's Information Line at 410-486-SNOW (7669) or check the main SUAlert page for closing/delayed opening information. This will be the most up-to-date information available and the only official source for the University. Any closing or delay will affect both the Greenspring and Owings Mills campuses.
  • Listen for radio/television announcements of closings or delayed openings (WBAL 1090 AM radio and WMAR-TV Channel 2 are the FIRST stations notified). Early morning announcements are made between 5 and 6 a.m., if possible, and no later than 6:30 a.m. The University cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information announced on radio or television.
  • Classes utilizing distance learning will be cancelled when any of the locations for the class are closed. Students should check with their instructor about makeup plans for these classes.
  • Residents should follow instructions from Residence Life concerning snow removal at the Owings Mills campus. The Rockland Center will still serve food for residents under the Emergency Food Service Plan.
  • In the event of a delayed opening, please continue checking the Information Line and listening to announcements in case conditions do not improve and the University closes. Please do not come to the campus prior to the delayed opening time to allow for the safe removal of snow.
  • Unless you hear an announcement on the Information Line, the University will be open and classes will be held. Faculty should not cancel classes on their own and should contact their direct supervisor and the main reception office if weather prevents them from holding class. If there is serious doubt about road conditions, use your own best judgement.
  • In delayed opening situations, when the University opens, regularly scheduled classes begin at that time. For example, if the University opens at 10 a.m. and class is regularly scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., students and faculty should report to class at 10 a.m. The same policy applies to labs.
  • When weather turns bad during the day, the administration will make all possible efforts to make a decision as early as possible about closing early. With the unpredictable nature of sudden weather changes, we cannot guarantee making a decision about evening classes by a certain time. When a decision is made, information will be announced on the Information Line, via all campus emails and the plasma screens and through direct notification of people on campus. We will also notify television and radio stations, but cannot guarantee these announcements by external media.

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