Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Procedures at The University of Texas at Dallas

Updated November 2012

Nov. 9, 2012

The University of Texas at Dallas is open for normal business operations and scheduled instructional activities unless indicated otherwise on the UT Dallas home page.  All employees and students are expected to exercise individual judgment regarding their ability to travel safely to campus when the campus is open and inclement weather is in the area. They are not expected to place travel for work or class attendance above their individual health and safety.

When closure is necessary:

If conditions necessitate closure, every effort will be made to have this information posted on University-controlled sites no later than 6 a.m.  UT Dallas will:

  • Post closure information on the University website (www.utdallas.edu).
  • Post an announcement on Facebook on UT Dallas’ official page.
  • Tweet via the UT Dallas official Twitter channel  (www.twitter.com/ut_dallas ).
  • Send an e-mail announcement to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Provide a recorded telephone message at 972-883-7669.
  • Send an announcement via UTDAlert text messaging system.
  • Inform local media outlets.

Verify Your Cell Phone
Listing in UTDAlert System

To make sure you are listed on the University’s emergency text message system:

Students

1. Log into Galaxy, then click on Orion Student Center under the Orion Self-Service heading.

2. Under the Personal Information heading, click on the other personal drop-down menu. Choose Phone Numbers and click arrow to go. Then click on Add a Phone Number. Select Cellular from the Phone Type drop down menu.

3. Enter your phone number in the Telephone field. Click Save. Click OK on the Save Confirmation page.

Faculty/Staff

1. Log in to Galaxy, then click on Personal Information under the Staff Tools heading.

2. On the Personal Information page, click on Phone Numbers. Click on Add a Phone Number. Select Mobile from the Phone Type dropdown menu.

3. Enter your cellular phone number in the Telephone field. Click Save. Click OK on the Save Confirmation page.

Cell phone numbers collected for emergency notification purposes are confidential and not subject to disclosure.

The official and authoritative source of closure information is the University home page. If the page is down due to power failure or other causes, UT Dallas’ Facebook page will be considered the secondary source for a Web-based official announcement, but should be verified via another source among those listed above. Local media are helpful and will be notified, but are not the primary source of such information.

The UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and the Center for Vital Longevity (Dallas campuses) may have a different closure situation than the main campus in Richardson. Check for voice message advisories at the following numbers:

  • UT Dallas Callier Center, 214-905-3030.
  • UT Dallas Center for Vital Longevity, 972-883-3200.

UT Dallas students attending classes at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) should check the Collin College Web page for updates regarding whether Collin College, and by extension CHEC, are closed in case of threatening weather.

Employees who choose not to report for work when the University is open and inclement weather impedes travel may elect to use vacation time or to make up the time within a month of the absence and at a time convenient to both the employee and the supervisor. Those choosing not to report to work should inform their supervisors as soon as practical so that work duties can be managed.

Students who choose not to report for class when the University is open and inclement weather impedes travel must make up their absences in the manner proscribed by their instructors in the class syllabi or as announced for the entire University.

Media outlets that may have information include the following:

Television

Radio
KDFW (Channel 4)
KXAS (Channel 5)
WFAA (Channel 8)
KTVT (Channel 11)
KLIF-AM (570)
WBAP-AM (820)
KRLD-AM (1080)
KTCK-AM (1310)
KERA-FM (90.1)
KVIL-FM (103.7)
KPLX-FM (99.5)
KLUV-FM (98.7)
Jack FM (100.3)
KLIF-FM (93.3)
The Fan (105.3 FM)
Mega (107.5 FM)

 


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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