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Weather-related class cancellations

Lawrence campus closures since 1972

  • Feb. 12 and 13, 1978
  • Feb. 2, 1983
  • Feb. 12, 1985
  • Jan. 20, 1993 (morning only)
  • Feb. 25, 1993
  • Jan. 27, 1997 (afternoon)
  • Feb. 9, 2001 (morning only)
  • Jan. 30 and 31, 2002 (and only emergency personnel reported to work) Ice storm
  • Feb. 5, 2004 (afternoon)
  • March 13, 2006 (following microburst that occurred on a Sunday)
  • Feb. 6, 2008 (and only emergency personnel reported to work)
  • Feb. 21, 2008 (afternoon)
  • Dec. 24, 2009 (afternoon. Classes were not in session, but employees were sent home.)
  • Jan. 6, 2010 (afternoon. Classes not in session; employees sent home early)
  • Jan 10, 2010 (afternoon. Classes not in session; employees sent home early)
  • Jan. 19, 2011 (afternoon. Classes not in session; employees sent home early)
  • Feb. 1 and 2, 2011
  • Feb. 21 and 22, 2013
  • Feb. 4 and 5, 2014

Decision makers

The provost or chancellor decides whether to postpone or cancel classes and curtail activities on the Lawrence campus in consultation with the KU Office of Public Safety, Lawrence Police, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the National Weather Service. The decision is based on road conditions, notably whether buses can safely navigate Mount Oread, and weather forecasts.

Links and contact information

Frequently asked questions about inclement weather at KU

Inclement weather policy

Telephone hotline for weather policy notices (785) 864-SNOW


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