Storm Information


In the event of a major storm, or other unforeseen conditions such as a power outage — winter or otherwise — there may be rare occasions when services are curtailed at either the Halifax or Truro campuses.

For more information

Please consult the University Closure Policy for information relating to delays, cancellations and closures.

What does it mean when services are curtailed?

  • Classes are not held, and the majority of university offices will be closed or low-staffed.
  • Meetings and other scheduled events may be cancelled.
  • Unless informed by their supervisor or designate, employees in non-essential functions are not required to work during the period of curtailment.
  • Examinations may be cancelled and rescheduled.

While local media outlets often report Dalhousie being “closed” in a storm, the university is a community with students living on Dalhousie campuses, animals housed on our campuses, a security service and a thermal plant which continues to operate. The university does not completely close; rather, non-essential services and activities are curtailed.

Dal may curtail services for an entire day or for part of a day (morning, afternoon, evening), after which it will reassess the situation. The implementation of the curtailment policy may affect only parts of the university, buildings or campuses. For overnight or early morning storms, a decision is made by 5:30 a.m.

How will I know Dal’s status in a storm?

The university will communicate the news in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • An update on the homepage.
  • A text message sent to Dal Alert subscribers.
  • An email to all faculty, staff and students.
  • A message on the Dalhousie switchboard. (902-494-2211)
  • Posts on Dal’s primary Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • Announcements in local media (print, television, radio).

How does Dal decide to curtail services?

The university considers the safety of its community and the ability to access campus when making the decision to curtail services. The decision is made by the university president (or designate) in consultation with the appropriate authorities with Facilities Management and Dal Security.

Factors considered include:

  • Current and forecasted weather conditions.
  • Feedback from Facilities Management indicating difficulties in maintaining the roads, sidewalks, and entrances to buildings in a safe condition.
  • Feedback from Dal Security indicating motorists or transit drivers are beginning to experience extreme difficulties.
  • Cancellation or reduction of transit services.
  • Ability of emergency services to access campus.
  • Disadvantages of sending individuals back into the weather once the majority have arrived on campus.
  • Anticipation that conditions will worsen or persist such that public transportation may not operate or roads may be closed as a result of storm conditions, which will make travel unusually difficult or hazardous.