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.
Please note that when the campus is closed preventing a class from meeting at its scheduled time, professors may opt to conduct classes or provide assignments online. Students should plan to check Blackboard and their email regularly on such days to learn of any alternate arrangements.
Changes to the University's operating schedule are communicated through:
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.
Dial the University's main number (860.768.4100), where you will hear the latest emergency information if the normal operating schedule has been altered.
Emergency closing alerts will be sent via text message to students, faculty, and staff who have accurate cell phone numbers registered in the Self-Service Center. Visit hartford.edu/alert to confirm. Independent of text alerts on cell phones, all currently registered students and active employees will automatically receive emergency notifications through their official University email.
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.
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.
During exam periods, Winterterm, and Summerterm, the advisory will specifically detail exam and class times affected and the preceding may not apply. The following summary applies to regular fall and spring semester classes.
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.)
All classes with start times at or after 2 p.m. will not be held.
All online courses at the University are taught asynchronously and are not affected by weather-related closings.
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.
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.