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Oregon State, University of Oregon delay start of winter term due to snow, ice

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University, University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University have canceled the first day of winter term classes January 9 due to unsafe travel conditions.

As of noon Sunday, the University of Oregon intended to start classes Monday in Eugene as scheduled. Students who are unable to reach campus should contact their instructors, the university said.

"University officials will assess weather and related travel conditions mid-morning on Monday to determine whether any changes to campus operations will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 10," the University said in a statement on its website. The full text of the statement is published below.

That changed less than 2 hours later.

"While temperatures are expected to warm considerably in the Eugene area by tomorrow morning, the impact of snow, ice, and extreme cold stretching from Northern California to Portland and beyond has made it extremely challenging for many students to return to campus in time for classes tomorrow. There have been numerous flight delays and hazardous road conditions in many areas on the west coast. For this reason, we are canceling classes on Monday," Provost Scott Coltrane wrote. His full statement is published below.

OSU said the decision is based on "continuing unsafe travel conditions throughout much of Oregon." The statement from OSU is published below.

The UO initially said staff would monitor the "evolving weather situation."

Before Coltrane announced the UO would cancel classes, the University had advised students to contact instructors to make accomodations.

"For many, travel to UO remains difficult and students and families should consult road and weather information and use extreme caution, both traveling to campus and while moving back into residences," UO said on its website. "If you find yourself unable to make it to campus safely, you should use your best judgment and contact your instructors to seek special accommodations relating to your Monday class schedule."

Northwest Christian University also canceled class Monday. Their offices will open at noon.

Classes will resume January 10 at NCU.

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Full text of OSU press release on campus closures

Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will be closed on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, due to continuing unsafe travel conditions throughout much of Oregon. Monday was the scheduled first day of classes for Winter Term at Oregon State.
University officials will assess weather and related travel conditions mid-morning on Monday to determine whether any changes to campus operations will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
A decision regarding Monday’s operation of Oregon State’s OSU-Cascades campus in Bend will be made later today.
Please use caution while driving for any purpose while icy and snow conditions persist.
University officials will provide updates on campus operations on the university’s home page.

Full text of UO message canceling classes

January 8, 2017 – 2:15 pm
Members of the University Community,
We expect the University of Oregon to be open on Monday, Jan. 9, however, all classes are canceled, and the new term will officially start on Jan. 10.
While temperatures are expected to warm considerably in the Eugene area by tomorrow morning, the impact of snow, ice, and extreme cold stretching from Northern California to Portland and beyond has made it extremely challenging for many students to return to campus in time for classes tomorrow. There have been numerous flight delays and hazardous road conditions in many areas on the west coast. For this reason, we are canceling classes on Monday.
We encourage students, faculty, and staff to use caution and stay safe as you travel to and around campus, and we specifically ask that faculty continue to be flexible for students who cannot make it to campus in the next several days due to continued travel-related delays.
UO Campus Planning and Facilities Management crews have been working overtime to make safe designated walking paths around campus, but some areas may remain challenging early Monday. We encourage everyone to please use caution and plan for extra travel time.
Below you will find a list of resources. Visit alerts.uoregon.edu for continuous updates as weather conditions continue to evolve.
Sincerely,
Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President

Full text of UO initial statement Sunday on classes Monday

Dear returning UO students and families:
The University of Oregon is expected to be following normal operations on Monday, Jan. 9. We continue to monitor the evolving weather situation and will post any campus operational changes to the UO Alerts Blog.
The region has experienced snow, ice, and extreme cold in recent days, and weather forecasts show warming temperatures that are expected to normalize conditions across the Eugene campus and the city.
For many, travel to UO remains difficult and students and families should consult road and weather information and use extreme caution, both traveling to campus and while moving back into residences. If you find yourself unable to make it to campus safely, you should use your best judgment and contact your instructors to seek special accommodations relating to your Monday class schedule.
UO Campus Planning and Facilities Management crews have been working overtime to make safe designated walking paths around campus, but some areas may remain challenging early Monday.
Please use caution and plan for extra travel time.
Stay safe, Ducks!


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