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Emergency Weather Alert

01/29/2019 2:07 pm

Due to the extreme and dangerous weather conditions the Rockford region will experience over the next 48 hours, Rockford University will close the campus at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 29 through 5 p.m., Thursday, January 31.

  • Tuesday evening classes are cancelled.
  • No classes will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
  • Classes will resume on Thursday evening as scheduled.
  • Offices will be closed both Wednesday and Thursday.

All campus facilities will be closed during this time with exception of the residence halls and the University Police & Department of Public Safety. Dining Services will operate on a modified schedule. Students should refer to for complete details. 

Students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty to manage class assignments and responsibilities during this time.

Essential personnel should check with their supervisor for specific instructions.

Conditions will cause frostbite in a matter of minutes. Students, please take this seriously and do not plan on being out in the snow or leaving campus unnecessarily. It is highly recommended that students stay inside their residences and venture out only if absolutely necessary.

Please refer to these important safety tips from the national weather service to protect yourself, your pets and your property.

  • Do not go outside unless you must.
  • Cover exposed skin to reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Try to seek shelter from the wind as much as possible while outside. Once inside again, change into dry clothing immediately if you are wet.
  • Understand and watch for frostbite and hypothermia. Areas most prone to frostbite are uncovered skin and the extremities, such as hands and feet. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce.
  • If you have pets, make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold.
  • Take precautions to ensure your water pipes do not freeze.  Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes and opening cabinet doors will help.
  • Get any necessary groceries ahead of time.
  • Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.