While many people are just getting around
to installing winter tires on their cars, university officials
charged with deciding whether to close or not during a snow
storm have been thinking about winter for some time.
When snow is forecast, university officials on both sides
of the island face a delicate decision. Should their respective
campuses close? Should classes be cancelled? Naturally,
the university wishes to deliver classes to students who
have paid for them. However, the safety of all on campus
is the paramount concern.
|Snow info at a
|Are classes going ahead?
Listen to local radio stations.
Check the Web sites ,
University e-mail users will receive an e-mail.
In St. John's, call the telephone registration system
to find out about a campus closure, at 733-9949. In
Corner Brook, call Security or the Resource Centre at
637-6200, extension 0.
Check departmental office doors.
|Have a cancellation?
Sometimes an on-campus event may be cancelled due to
weather, even if the classes are not cancelled. If you
are located on the St. John's campus and wish to cancel
an event, please contact Ivan Muzychka, 737-8665 (office)
or e-mail .
On the Corner Brook campus, contact Pamela Gill, communications
co-ordinator, at 637-6200 ext. 6134, or email .
This will ensure your information gets to all the above
venues in a timely fashion.
While the decision to cancel classes or close
the St. John's campus rests ultimately with President Axel
Meisen (or his designate, should he be out of town) advice
comes from various other offices on campus, notably Facilities
Management, which remains in close contact with Environment
Canada as weather systems develop. Similarly, in Corner
Brook, Principal Adrian Fowler makes the call in consultation
with interim vice-principal Dan Stewart and Dennis Waterman,
director of Administration and Finance. Decisions may also
be influenced by the actions of outside agencies. For example,
if Metrobus or Corner Brook Transit are planning to shut
down operations for the day, personnel there give the university
Letting people know the university is closing is a considerable
challenge. In St. John's, for instance, when closures happen
midway through the day, the message has to get around campus
to over 17,000 people as quickly as possible. A message
is e-mailed to 3,000 employees via MUN Newsline e-mail service
and posted to the MUN Today Web site (http://today.mun.ca),
and newsgroups sj.general and mun.general (when they are
working). The same notice is posted to the snow cancellations
Web page, which is accessible through the main Memorial
page. Similar actions are taken on the Corner Brook campus;
a new snow cancellation feature is being implemented this
year, which is accessible by visiting the Grenfell homepage,
Provincial media are also contacted, and are extremely co-operative
in airing the news as soon as possible. University Relations
also makes phone calls directly to the university operator,
student unions, CHMR, the CSU/MUN Childcare Centre, Campus
Enforcement and Patrol, the Marine Institute, the Aquarena,
and other selected campus offices.
The same procedures are followed for early-morning closures