Greetings, students and colleagues. If you've been outside today you know
we're not experiencing the kind of severe weather that was forecast so
prominently late last night. In fact, the current forecast indicates we may
not even get any rain until 4 or 5 o'clock this afternoon, with snow to
As you can appreciate, I wish we could undo last night's decision to cancel
classes and close campus this afternoon. Unfortunately, though, our
announcement set a wide range of contingency plans into motion and it is
not possible to reverse course completely at this time. Nonetheless, here
is where things stand:
*1) All classes after noon today and tonight remain canceled.*
*2) All UW-L employees who wish to work may do so.*
*3) We will do our best to have as many offices and facilities open this
afternoon. However, because of staffing inconsistencies and challenges
created by last night's campus closure announcement it will not be possible
to have every facility available. For example, it is my understanding right
now that the REC will be open this afternoon, but Murphy Library will not.
So please check with a particular area to see what is available. Situations
may change as the day progresses.*
I deeply regret the many inconveniences last night's decision and
announcement will cause. Please know that the staff in any office or
facility that is not open this afternoon had nothing to do with the
decision that was made last night. I am the one who leads the team of
people who make these kinds of decisions and I take full responsibility for
the consequences. So please direct any disappointment or frustration to me.
In particular, I'd like to personally apologize to our very dedicated and
talented faculty for so dramatically disrupting your course schedules. I
know from my own extensive experience as a professor that it is no small
matter to lose a planned class or lab meeting. Our time with our students
is precious and in the scope of things--as is so true of our broader
lives--there really aren't any "make-up" days.
Hopefully, we won't have any serious weather issues overnight and we'll be
back to normal operations tomorrow morning. We'll certainly be keeping an
eye on the forecast, and if any unusual action is needed tomorrow I'll let
you know as soon as I can.
Thanks for your patience as we work through a very unexpected and dynamic
situation. I don't know about you all, but I'll remember this particular
"storm" for a long time.