On rare occasions, daytime classes are cancelled because of snow, ice, tropical storm/hurricane, or other inclement weather condition. A University decision typically is made by 5:30 am and announced on the University website and through the local media including the radio. This information also is accessible by calling the University; 924-SNOW or 243-SNOW. Cancellation of classes by the University applies only to students in the first 18 months of medical school courses (pre-clerkship). In the rare circumstance that inclement weather causes a prolonged cancellation of classes, efforts will be made to continue academic programming in a virtual environment as appropriate.
Since the clinical functions of the Medical Center continue despite inclement weather, clinical clerkships and electives are not cancelled due to weather conditions. Students participating in these clinical activities are expected to be present if they can reach the hospital safely.
Students are not expected to participate in clinical duties if a clerkship preceptor has cancelled or delayed educational or clinical activities. Students who are unable to attend any scheduled clerkship activities due to unsafe driving conditions should contact their college dean for an excused absence and notify their clinical preceptor. Students will not be penalized for adhering to the inclement weather policy.
Reviewed and revised September 2020 by UME Management Team