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Weather-Related Closings

It is the policy of the University of Hartford to remain open during inclement weather unless and until a determination is made to close based on an assessment of current and forecast conditions. When such a determination is made, the University will announce either a closing or delayed opening. Faculty and instructors are expected to follow the announced schedule and to conduct class when the University is open. 

Changes to the University's operating schedule are communicated through:

WEB ALERT

The University's Web Alert system will be activated if there is an advisory. A message will appear on the University's home page (www.hartford.edu) detailing the emergency announcement.

TELEPHONE

Dial the University's main number (860.768.4100 from off campus, 0 from campus residences and offices), where you will hear the latest emergency information if the normal operating schedule has been altered.

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Updates are posted via Facebook (University of Hartford News) and Twitter (UHartfordNews).

TEXT MESSAGE NOTIFICATION SERVICE

Emergency closing alerts will be sent via text message to those cell phone numbers registered with UHTXT, the University's mass notification system. To sign up, go to www.hartford.edu/alert.

NOTICE ABOUT RADIO AND TELEVISION

Local radio and television stations provide limited information and do not offer the complete advisory available on the University's website and main telephone number as described above. In addition, area radio stations now limit the amount of airtime devoted to announcing weather-related closings and may not be reading the complete list when you are listening. The University provides information to radio stations WTIC (1080 AM/96.5 FM), WRCH (100.5 FM), and WWUH (91.3 FM) and to Hartford's network TV affiliates (WFSB 3, WTNH 8, WVIT 30, WTIC 61). Please follow up on any announcements on TV or radio by checking the University's website or by calling 860.768.4100.

What It All Means

Under most circumstances, the University will open 30 minutes prior to the next scheduled class. Faculty and staff are not to arrive on campus prior to this announced opening time.

If it is announced that "UHART will open at 10 a.m.":

  • Faculty and staff should report to campus at, and not prior to, 10 a.m.

  • Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • All classes of 90 minutes or less with a start time prior to 10:30 a.m. will not meet.

  • All classes and labs scheduled at or after 10:30 a.m. will be held at their normal times.

  • All classes and labs longer than 90 minutes with a start time prior to 10:30 a.m. will meet beginning at 10:30 a.m. if 50 percent or more of the regular meeting time remains. (A 9:30 a.m. to noon lab would meet at 10:30 a.m. because more than 50 percent of the lab time remains.)

If it is announced that "UHART will close at 2 p.m.":

  • All classes with start times at or after 2 p.m. will not be held.

  • All classes in session at 2 p.m. will dismiss 
  • Depending on day and time, the advisory issued may contain specific information about classes beginning just prior to the time of University closure (such as 1:30 p.m. classes in the current example)

ONLINE COURSES

All online courses at the University are taught asynchronously and are not affected by weather-related closings.

TRANSPORTATION

Campus shuttles will not operate on days that the University is closed due to severe weather. If the University opens late, the off-campus shuttle route will begin at Clemens Place with a special pickup 25 minutes before the announced opening time. On-campus shuttle service will begin at the time the University opens. If the University closes early, a final off-campus route with all stops will leave Millard Circle 15 minutes after the  official closing time. On-campus shuttle service will end with the circuit of campus that immediately follows the official closing time.

Shuttle information and schedules

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For residential students, the Commons will remain open for dining during its regular hours when the University has closed due to severe weather.

The Sports Center will follow the operating schedule of the University and will be closed to members when the University is closed. The building will be open for residential students only.

The nature of the programs and the age of participants in the Hartt Community Division require that its closings be more closely aligned with those of the local public school systems and may not reflect those of the University.

The University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School of Science and Engineering follow Hartford Public School closing procedures.