In light of the weather forecast and predicted hazardous, heavy snow, Valparaiso University will suspend its operations today, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. Based on the current forecast, we intend to resume operations Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
All curricular and extracurricular activities scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 9, through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, are canceled, including classes, practices, rehearsals, and meetings.
Christ College Honors Visit Day, EPIC Scholarship Day, and MSEED Scholarship Day are postponed.
We will continue to monitor weather conditions and forecasts carefully, and update campus via email, social media, and on the homepage.
Residence halls and the Harre Union will remain open with dining services continuing their operations under any circumstances, but some dining services may be limited.
The Christopher Center for Library and Information Services will have limited hours tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., provided there is not a travel ban, and will resume regular business hours, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Community Room will remain open for students who are already on campus. The ARC will suspend operations beginning at 9 p.m. this evening and will reopen for informal use on Saturday, Feb. 10 from noon to 10 p.m.
Other campus buildings will not be accessible due to safety concerns. Undergraduate, graduate, and law students living off campus may utilize guest housing in Alumni Hall at a cost of $35 per night. For those commuter students who choose not to stay in temporary housing, use your best judgment when returning to class on Monday. If road conditions threaten your safety, please be in communication with your professors.
Faculty and Staff
As per University emergency policy, essential operations, such as dining services, snow removal and maintenance, and residence hall operations will remain active but possibly on a limited schedule. Managers and supervising personnel will notify employees of their work schedules. However, check with your manager if you have questions.
The following tips and reminders are provided to help you stay warm and safe in winter weather conditions, including frigid temperatures.
Travel to and Around Campus
Please use caution as you travel to and around campus and allow yourself extra time in cold, ice, and snow. Those who believe driving to campus is too dangerous due to weather and road conditions should inform their professors or supervisors and postpone travel until conditions improve.
Function over Fashion
Wear warm, waterproof boots with thick, rubber soles to keep your feet warm and dry and to help you avoid slipping on icy sidewalks or streets. Remember to take it slow, watch where you’re going, and walk carefully.
Please reference the National Weather Service website for up-to-the-minute information about weather advisories, watches, and warnings, with warnings being the most serious of the notifications. Any additional information will be sent to your email, distributed through the Valparaiso University Alert System, and posted on the Valpo Campus Alerts page as well as the Chicagoland Emergency Closing Center.
Valparaiso University places the safety and well-being of all members of its community first. Please stay warm and safe and allow yourself additional time to make your way to and from campus.