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University Updates Weather Closure Notification Procedures

By Maryland Today Staff

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice and Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Rythee Lambert-Jones sent the following email to the campus community today:

As we begin the spring semester, we are writing to remind you of the university’s inclement weather procedures for 2022. The university may close or delay opening the campus in the event that inclement weather conditions pose a serious threat to the health and safety of the university community. A variety of factors are taken into consideration, including access to public transportation and Metro, the status of campus roads and sidewalks, and conditions on roads and sidewalks off campus and across the region.

Notification Procedures
Updates regarding UMD’s closures, delays and other schedule changes, will be announced through various channels, including:

The university will not make an announcement if the campus is open and operating under normal operations. The university makes every effort to communicate changes to campus operations by 4:30 a.m.

Campus Impact
When the university is closed, all classes during that time are canceled and all university offices and nonessential services are closed, unless specifically noted in the campus closure communication. The closing applies to nonessential employees but may not apply to essential employees. Essential employees should contact their supervisor or department head for instructions. In the event of a delayed opening or closure, University Human Resources will send additional information to departmental leaders regarding weather-related leave and pay.

Additional Guidance
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on, including information regarding:

  • Availability of student services during a closure
  • Class schedule impacts
  • Definitions of weather-essential employees
  • Changes to on-campus COVID-19 testing in inclement weather

We look forward to a healthy and successful spring semester.


Jennifer King Rice
Senior Vice President and Provost

Rythee Lambert-Jones
Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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