MU cancels classes for 13th time in history due to snow

Only “situationally critical” employees are required to report to work.
A snowplow clears the alley between Stephens College and Brookside Midtown Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. MU officials announced full closure of the campus for Monday with all classes canceled.

MU officials cancelled classes Monday due to snow for the 13th time in university history.

All of campus, except MU Health Care facilities and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, will be closed for the day. Only “situationally critical” employees are required to report to work, according to MU Alert.

According to social media, dining halls, MU Student Center and the MU Student Recreation Center will remain open despite campus closing. Ellis Library will also be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said the open forum on race relations and open forum for School of Journalism dean candidate David Kurpius will be postponed until further notice.

Snowfall continued throughout the night into Monday morning, for a total accumulation of 5 to 7 inches in Columbia, according to the MU Weather Service. University officials cited dangerous road conditions as the reason for closing campus, since many students and faculty commute to campus each day.

“With the current road conditions, we are concerned about the safety of our faculty, staff and students,” said Gary Ward, vice chancellor for campus operations, in an MU News Bureau news release. “We’re very appreciative of our crews who have worked throughout the night. Having a full campus closure will allow us to properly prepare the campus for Tuesday.”

Basi said it is currently unclear whether the snow days will need to be made up.

Last year, officials closed campus for two days in a row after reviewing Missouri Department of Transportation reports. Faculty Council voted not to make up those snow days, and called on faculty and students to flexible in adjusting their schedules and curriculmn.

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