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Extreme Weather Communications

With winter weather upon us, here are some important reminders regarding how ESF navigates and communicates about extreme weather conditions.

ESF remains open and observes class schedules in most weather conditions, but we will always prioritize the safety and well-being of our community. The College makes weather-related decisions based on the most up-to-date national weather service data and forecasting, as well as in consultation with Syracuse University officials, SU's independent meteorologist, ESF University Police, and the ESF grounds/snow removal crews. This information informs our decisions about weather delays, closings, or other operational changes.

In the event of extreme weather, and if it becomes necessary to make a change in ESF's operating status, it will be announced via email from ESF News with the subject line ESF WEATHER ALERT. Updated information will also be announced through the following channels:

If classes and/or events are cancelled, Centennial Hall and SU's dining services will remain operational. In the event of extreme weather emergency conditions, additional instructions may be communicated.

Although ESF rarely cancels classes for inclement weather, individuals must make personal decisions based on a risk assessment related to travel. Employees are encouraged to take precautions and use good judgment when traveling to and from work. Faculty and staff concerned about their safety should contact their department chair or supervisor, respectively.

Only ESF's Office of Communications and Marketing (ESF News) is authorized to transmit to the campus community and the news media announcements about closings, work-schedule changes, or class-start delays.