Cancellations, Closures and Alerts
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In many cases when the university is closed and classes are cancelled due to weather, the Dal Alert emergency notification system is used. Sign up for text message alerts.
What does it mean when Dal closes?
When Dal announces that it’s closed due to weather:
- Classes are not held, and exams are cancelled and will be rescheduled.
- University buildings and services may be closed.
- Most faculty and staff are not required to report to work, or may leave if the closure happens during office hours. The exception(s) are employees designated as essential services who are scheduled to work (3. Essential Services) and employees who are required to work by their supervisor (4. Policy on Payment of Salary and Wages) as outlined in the Storm Closure Policy. (If you have questions about whether or not you fall into these categories, please talk to your supervisor.)
- Meetings and other scheduled events on campus may be cancelled.
A campus closure may apply separately to different campuses in Halifax and Truro. Dal closures in Halifax also apply to classes and offices at the University of King’s College.
Sometimes, the Halifax campuses and the Agricultural Campus in Truro will close only for part of the day (for example, until noon), with a time announced for when conditions will be re-evaluated and the decision updated.
How will I know if Dal is closed?
The university has a number of different channels that may be used to communicate storm closures. These include:
- This website, linked from dal.ca during storm season.
- A DalAlert storm message at the top of the dal.ca homepage and on myDal. Look for updates on the dal.ca/agcampus and dal.ca/agriculture homepages for the Agricultural Campus as well.
- A DalAlert email to all students, faculty and staff.
- A Dal Alert text message to all subscribers (you must sign up to receive these).
- An alert sent through the DalSAFE app.
- Updates from the university’s Facebook Page, the @dalnews Twitter account, the Agricultural Campus Facebook page and @dalagriculture Twitter account.
- Media outlets (radio, TV, news websites) are encouraged to share Dal’s status.
- A message is placed on the Dal switchboard phone line (902-494-2211). For the Agricultural Campus, you can check the emergency phone line (902-893-6027 or 877-672-2363).
The message will specify whether the closures apply to the Halifax campuses, the Truro campus or both.
In cases where Dal remains open but there may be isolated closures or cancellations on campus, look to this “Storm information” page (which can also be founded on the dal.ca homepage). This page will be updated should there be closures or a reduction to services at facilities such as Dalplex or the Libraries.
How and why Dal closes due to weather
The decision to close is made by the vice-president finance and administration in consultation with the university’s director of security and senior staff in Facilities Management. (In the case of a Truro closure, the decision is made by the campus principal in consultation with Security and Facilities.) Factors considered included:
- Current and forecasted weather conditions.
- Feedback from Facilities Management on the condition of campus roads, sidewalks and entrances.
- Status of roads and public transit more generally.
- Disadvantages of sending individuals back into the weather once they have arrived on campus, as well as consideration to the anticipated conditions during commute periods.
In the event of a closure before the start of regular office hours, the university will make and communicate the decision by 6 a.m. If a closure takes place during office hours, Dal will announce the time at which classes are cancelled and employees are excused to depart. (Where possible, this will be one hour prior to the cancellation going into effect.)
If Dal remains open but you have concerns about your ability to make it to campus, please contact your professor or, for employees, your supervisor.