Important Winter Weather Information

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Though the spring semester is fast approaching, the weather remains wintry. This is a good time to remind our campus community of how we make decisions—and how you can stay up to date—regarding weather conditions and University operations. In general, we remain open for business even in challenging weather conditions, but we will always prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members when determining operating status.

Any change in the University’s operating status will be announced via the University’s emergency broadcast notification system and will carry the notice SU WEATHER ALERT. Please be sure your Orange Alert settings are always up to date in MySlice.

SU WEATHER ALERT information will be announced via the following communications channels:

Only Syracuse University’s Internal Communications and Media Relations teams are authorized to transmit to the news media and the campus community announcements about closings, work-schedule changes or class-start delays.

Although Syracuse University rarely closes for inclement weather, individuals must make personal decisions based on a risk assessment related to travel. We encourage all employees to take precautions and use good judgment when traveling to/from work. Faculty and staff concerned about their safety should contact their department chair or supervisor, respectively.

Please note: in the event extreme weather results in the closure of our campus, in-person and hybrid classes will be cancelled; online classes will continue as planned.

The University works with an independent weather service, Precision Weather Service, to inform our decisions about weather delays, closings or work-schedule changes. Input is also provided by the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services and Academic Affairs.

For information on winter weather preparedness, visit the Department of Public Safety website.


Tony Callisto
Senior Vice President and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

John Liu
Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost