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Winter weather reminders

Students walking in winter weather at the  university's north Oshawa campus location

Winter weather often causes concern and confusion among students, faculty and staff. Questions arise about whether the campus remains open or closed during winter weather.

Winter weather can include snow, freezing rain or sleet, all of which can make travel difficult. Depending on the weather, different organizations—public and private—will follow their own protocols and best practices. Put simply, just because a school board decides to cancel its school buses, that does not mean our campus locations are closed.

During most winter weather, the campus remains open and activities remain unaffected.

If winter weather results in situations that affect the teaching or working environment (such as power outages) or situations that place members of the university community at risk, the university will post information about the campus status on the web page as quickly as possible. 

Depending on the situation, the university will also:

  • Issue information on social media channels, on a banner on the university’s home page, and on
  • Forward university messages to regional radio and television stations.
  • Communicate via other means, including campuswide emails to faculty and staff, emails to students’ UOITnet accounts, and digital signage as needed.

Please allow for plenty of time to get to the campus, and to travel with due caution and care, especially if you are in an area heavily affected by the weather. As well, if you are in an area heavily affected by the weather and cannot get to campus, contact your supervisor or professor regarding your absence.

If a decision is made to close the campus, this will be posted on where all necessary details will be provided. The university’s Emergency Response Team will do its best to provide this information as quickly as possible. Please monitor this site for late evening and early morning updates on severe winter weather days.

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