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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 and evening only)
  • Feb. 9, 2001 (Morning only)
  • Jan. 30 and 31, 2002 (and only emergency personnel reported to work)
  • Feb. 5, 2004 (Afternoon and evening only)
  • March 13, 2006 (Following microburst that occurred on a Sunday)
  • Feb. 6, 2008 (Only emergency personnel reported to work)
  • Feb. 21, 2008 (Afternoon and evening only)
  • Dec. 24, 2009 (Afternoon and evening only - Classes not in session, employees sent home early)
  • Jan. 6, 2010 (Afternoon and evening only - Classes not in session; employees sent home early)
  • Jan 10, 2010 (Afternoon and evening only - Classes not in session; employees sent home early)
  • Jan. 19, 2011 (Afternoon and evening only - 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 chancellor or provost and executive vice chancellor, in consultation with offices and agencies such as the Office of Public Safety, KU Parking and Transit, the Lawrence Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the National Weather Service, will make the decision whether to cancel classes or curtail activities based on road conditions and weather forecasts.

Links and contact information

Alert.ku.edu frequently asked questions about inclement weather

Inclement weather policy

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

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