Snow is forecast for much of northern New Jersey and the New York City metro area starting late tonight, Thursday, January 6. Because the forecast calls for a manageable amount of snow for the Montclair area, perhaps 1 to 3 inches, the University does not anticipate needing to close, but people who are planning to come to the campus on Friday should check www.montclair.edu before they leave home. Any closing notices will be posted there and sent by email and RAVE text alerts. Please make sure your mobile phone number is accurate in NEST (students) or Workday (employees).
Employees with approved Flexible Work Arrangements should be prepared to work from an alternate location if the campus is closed, whether they are scheduled to work at their campus or alternate workplace. Please remember to take any materials and equipment needed to work in an alternate location when you leave campus today.
Employees who anticipate challenges in coming to the campus should discuss their situation with their supervisor, who may be able to approve a short-term request to work from home under the University’s Flexible Work Arrangements Policy. Please remember to take any materials and equipment needed to work in an alternate location when you leave campus today.
Move Cars off Surface Lots
University Facilities requests that all cars be moved off surface parking lots to the Red Hawk Deck or CarParc Diem by 10 p.m., Thursday, January 6. Cars should return to surface lots after 6 p.m., Sunday, January 9. Parking will be free during this timeframe.
Information about Inclement Weather Notification
It will be the University’s intention to remain open and operating whenever possible. Therefore, members of the campus community should assume that the regular class and activity schedule will be in effect unless otherwise notified.
When inclement weather threatens, University leaders review information from a number of sources, including the National Weather Service, state and municipal agencies regarding highway and local road conditions, as well as campus officials who determine the status of parking lots, roads and walkways.
A primary consideration for the University is the conditions on campus. In a snow event, that means whether campus walkways, roadways and parking lots can be cleared in time for classes to occur.
Because members of our community travel to the campus from many different areas, individuals should consider their personal circumstances in making a decision about whether or not to come to campus when the weather is a concern.
For example, the roads may be heavily covered where you live but dry on and around campus. You may feel very confident in your driving ability while others will be less sure about how to maneuver in ice or snow. You may be using public transportation and road conditions are not as important a consideration.
Students who have extraordinary circumstances to consider should discuss this matter with their faculty members, before the need arises.
Employees should discuss their situation with their supervisor, who may be able to approve a short-term request to work from home under University’s Flexible Work Arrangements Policy.
If severe weather affects University operations, including causing a delayed opening, early closing or the cancellation of classes and activities, the following notifications will be provided:
- Email: Sent to all students, faculty and staff.
- Text Message: Sent via the RAVE Guardian Text Alert System. Students are automatically registered through their emergency contact information in NEST. Faculty and Staff are automatically registered through their emergency contact information in Workday. Please ensure your mobile phone number is accurate.
- Website Pop-up Message: A pop-up message will appear on the University’s homepage. If additional details are available, a link to a News item will be included in the pop-up message.
- Social Media: Messages will be shared on official University platforms @montclairstateu and @redhawklife.
Please Note: Do not call the University Police for weather alerts! Instead check the website and your Montclair.edu email account.
Stairways During Winter Storms
During winter storms, if necessary, the stairways listed below will be barricaded until the snow stops to enable personnel to concentrate snow removal efforts on major areas of the campus:
- Stairway from CarParc Diem to Blanton Hall.
- East and west side stairs in the front of the Student Center.
- Two sets of steps on the east side of The School of Nursing/Graduate School leading to the Student Center, Quad.
- Most sections of the steps on the east side of Alexander Kasser Theater.
- Half of the steps between the southeast side Alexander Kasser Theater and Cole Hall.
- The two sets of steps that lead from Cole Hall to the Freeman/Russ Quad.
- The large set of steps that lead from Lot 7 to Panzer Athletic Center (northeast corner).
- The large set of steps on the west side of the Chapin Hall.
- Steps leading from campus to the Newman Center.