As the cold weather sets in, everyone is breaking out their coats and scarves and mentally preparing for the long winter ahead. One highlight of this time of year is the possibility of a snow day. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the university’s procedures for snow days and other weather-related school cancellations.

When possible, the school will announce the cancellation of classes by 5:30 a.m. for morning classes and 3:00 p.m. for evening classes on the day of the snow. If the entire university is not closed for the day, then the cancellation of class is up to the discretion of each individual professor. On days that classes are cancelled, the Ville Grill will follow it’s weekend hours of 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for brunch and 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. on Fridays) for dinner. The Nest will open from noon to 6:00 p.m., and Wendy’s and Papa Johns will open from noon to 8:00 p.m. All other dining options will close.

On days where a delayed schedule is announced, the university may delay classes for only part of the day. For example, is class is delayed until 10:00 a.m., all classes that end before 10:00 a.m. are cancelled, and any class time after 10:00 a.m. should be attended. If you have a class from 9:30-11:00, you should arrive at that class at 10:00. In this situation, the Ville Grill would open at 8:00 a.m. and everything else will open at 10:00 a.m.

There are three places for students to go to find out if school has been cancelled for the day: The university homepage,, a recorded voice message at 502-853-5555 or a notice on university telephones. These are the only ways that the university can guarantee accurate information, so do not rely on Yik Yak to tell you whether to go to class or not.