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Inclement Weather Procedure for Students

Our inclement weather procedures apply to our on-campus students in Kansas City only. Other campuses and offsite students, including in Kansas City, need to follow the direction of your campus or clinical placement.

Notification Procedures

In the event weather conditions (such as heavy snow, ice, extreme thunderstorms, etc.) make travel to and from campus excessively difficult, time consuming or hazardous, the university may declare that an inclement weather condition exists. The declaration may include a determination that the Kansas City campus will close. If a declaration of inclement weather is made, the univeristy will strive to inform the campus community as soon as possible. If such determination is made in the morning before classes or clinical assignments start, the university will make every effort to inform the campus community by 5:30 a.m. When an inclement weather declaration is made, the campus community will be notified as follows: 

  • A University Broadcast email, especially if the declaration is made in advance and during a weekday.
  • RAVE Alert Messaging System for emergency notification to faculty, staff, employees, residents and students, especially if the decision is made the morning of the weather event.
    • If you have not registered for RAVE Alerts, enrollment is simple and you can opt out at any time. The system allows you to receive text and email messages when emergency notifications are sent out by KU Medical Center.
    • Register for RAVE Alert via the Enroll & Pay system. Log in, select "Emergency Contact Info" listed under the Main Menu and follow the instructions.
  • An alert message will be posted on our website.

Attendance Requirements - Campus Closing

  • Students attend classes virtually when campus is closed.
    • For a medical studet's Phase I curriculum, this includes lectures, flips, CBCL and PBL small groups but not laboratories, which will be rescheduled.
  • If a student cannot attend a required activity virtually due to technical issues, they should inform that school's Student Affairs or Graduate Studies Dean.
  • Students in a clinical placement on the KU Medical Center/The University of Kansas Health System campus do not report to their assigned schedule when campus is closed.
  • Students in clinical placements outside the KU Medical Center/The University of Kansas Health System campus are required to follow the inclement weather guidelines of their assigned clinical site. If there is a question regarding attendance, students should contact their clinical site for expectations and follow their clinical site's guidelines.
  • Graduate students who have essential experimental responsibilities (e.g., collecting time-essential data or executing scheduled procedures) should report to complete those duties unless otherwise instructed by their supervisor. 

Visit the Campus Closure and Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures for additional information.

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mailstop 4029
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-0146
Fax: 913-588-6753