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Monday, February 3, 2020

UVU Alert, Feb. 3, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Dear UVU family,

I want to express my gratitude for your patience today during the winter storm that impacted much of the state. I’ve heard and read your comments, and I recognize that some of you experienced frustration. We acknowledge that each person’s situation is different and can be challenging as the University makes decisions. As another storm approaches, I would like to clarify the process by which decisions related to campus closures are reached. I assure you that such decisions are made with great care, considering many factors, and not taken lightly. The safety of all Wolverines is of the utmost importance.

UVU works in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS) to determine specific conditions impacting the state and specifically Utah, Salt Lake, and Wasatch counties. We have been in contact with NWS multiple times in the past 24 hours, reviewing the projections for our campuses and surrounding areas. Our 5 a.m. call with the NWS showed minimal snowfall for the Orem and Provo communities and clear roadways around all our campuses. It was determined at that time to keep UVU open. We understand that many of our students and employees commute to our campuses, and we asked that you use your best judgment and take the necessary precautions to stay safe. I asked the faculty and administrators to work with their students and employees who chose to stay home today.

Our procedures have been to notify students, faculty, staff, and the community if the campus is closed. The University has not historically closed because of snow in other cities. As you know, Utah weather can be unpredictable with its unusual lake effect and microclimates. This is why we communicate and monitor the NWS, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Transit Authority, school districts, and other organizations to make the best decision for the whole of our institution. In the spirit of exceptional care and accountability, my Cabinet and I continue to evaluate our actions and protocols to ensure they are in the best interest of our UVU community. We will continue to do our best to communicate decisions in a timely manner as we encounter future inclement weather.  

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sincerely,

President Astrid S. Tuminez

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