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FAQs for UB Students

When conditions become so severe that the university cannot operate effectively, a decision may be made to change scheduled operations, resulting in class cancellations or a campus closing.

In extreme weather and other severe conditions that cause a change to UB's regularly scheduled operations:

  • Members of the campus community are expected to use their best judgment in assessing the risk of coming to campus and returning home based on individual circumstances during severe weather.
  • If classes and activities are cancelled, students are advised to stay off campus, or to remain in their residences if they live on campus, and to exercise extreme caution if travel is absolutely necessary.
Here are some common questions students ask in these circumstances:

What if I cannot safely get to campus?

If you cannot safely get to your scheduled class(es) safely, please ensure you notify your instructors, in writing, with as much advance notice as possible.

Any student who is unable to attend a regularly scheduled class or exam or complete assignments because of weather related conditions should be offered reasonable accommodations for any missed academic work

Instructors may determine a reasonable amount of coursework that should be completed in order to makeup the student’s absence. Students are responsible for the prompt completion of any alternative assignments.

In the event that a student absence situation cannot be resolved between the student and the class instructor, or either party is aggrieved by the process, appeal by the student shall process first to their department chair, then to their unit dean, and finally to the Vice Provosts for either Graduate or Undergraduate Education depending on the level of the course.

How does UB make the decision to cancel classes in the event of inclement weather?

The decision to cancel classes is based on the input of an advisory group made up of officials from across the university responsible for student life and safety, academic scheduling, emergency management, athletics, human resources, facilities operations and campus infrastructure. Cancellation decisions take into consideration such factors as: current weather conditions, which can change hourly; forecasts throughout the region; the conditions of roads both on and off campus; travel warnings or bans issued by neighboring municipalities and scheduled academic and extracurricular activities.


How does the university inform the campus community about these decisions?

UB uses a variety of communication channels to keep you informed if classes and other activities are cancelled due to severe weather.  These channels may include UB Alert test messages and emails to our campus community. Notifications may also be posted on UB websites, UB Alert Twitter and other UB social media channels.  You can also find information on cancellations and closings on local television and radio stations.

UB Faculty, Students and Staff

  • You will recieve all UB alert email notifications at your “” email address.
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Parents and Friends

  • You can follow the UB Alert Twitter account (You must set your notifications to receive twitter notifications from this account).

Find out more about where to find UB emergency updates.