Winter Weather Preparedness

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

With winter weather now upon us, it’s a good time to remind the campus community about how the University makes decisions and how you can stay informed about 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.

The University works with an independent weather service, Precision Weather Service, to inform our decisions about weather delays, closings or other operational changes. Input is also provided by Academic Affairs; Business, Finance and Administrative Services; Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services; and the Student Experience.

In the event of extreme weather and if a change in the University’s operating status becomes necessary, it will be announced via the University’s emergency broadcast notification system and will carry the notice SU WEATHER ALERT. To ensure you receive these messages, please confirm your Orange Alert settings are up to date in MySlice.

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

·         via campus email;

·         via text message;

·         via a “crawl” on campus TV monitors and University websites;

·         on Twitter: @SUCampus, @SyracuseUNews and @SyracuseDPS;

·         on Facebook: @SUCampus, @SyracuseUniversityNews and @SyracuseDPS;

·         on and; and

·         via Syracuse University public radio station WAER-FM/88.3 and other local media outlets.

Only Syracuse University’s Internal Communications and Media Relations teams are authorized to transmit to the campus community and the news media 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 travel conditions should contact their department chair or supervisor, respectively.

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


Gretchen Ritter
Vice Chancellor and Provost
Gwenn Judge
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer