Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I want to thank you for your patience and good humor throughout the first couple of weeks of the new term as we all struggle with unusual winter weather conditions. We are making every effort to clear away accumulated snow and ice to provide you with a safe and accessible campus. Keeping up with eight snow/ice storms is challenging and we are not finished yet with winter. On campus, we received approximately 60 inches of snow since the end of December and our Buildings and Grounds crew worked around the clock to plow, sand, salt, and chip away at snow and ice at our 45 buildings, 6.5 miles of roadway, several miles of sidewalks, and 4,700 parking spaces. Many of our employees have stayed on campus for more than 24 hours with little sleep to attend to their duties. I want to personally thank this team for their extraordinary dedication to the University during this difficult weather. I also want to thank the students who suggested removing their cars from various lots so we could plow. We appreciate your ideas and efforts to help.
As many of you who have been on campus for the past few years know, it is very unusual for William Paterson University to cancel classes. This term, we delayed our starting time five different days and we cancelled evening classes one day. Our emergency notification system, which provides urgent information to members of the campus community by text messages, phone calls, and email, has worked very well and most people received early notification of closures or delayed starts. For those of you still not signed up for the system, please do so by logging into WPConnect. For students, faculty, and staff, the signup is under WPUNJ Bookmarks – Emergency Notification Service.
The decision to close the campus is made after careful evaluation of unpredictable weather conditions, concerns for student, faculty, and staff safety, and our estimation of the time needed to plow and salt roadways and walkways. We have tried to give as much advance notice as possible, preferably the night before, so that people can plan ahead. But this is not always possible, especially when bad weather lingers longer than predicted or we encounter ice conditions. As we balance the need for snow removal and travel concerns with academic schedules and commitments, we continue to ask for your patience and cooperation.
I have asked the provost to provide guidance to the faculty and students about missed classes so that we can continue to provide the excellent education expected at William Paterson University. His message will be forthcoming shortly.
Again, thank you for your cooperation.