Wind chills prompt reduced operations Wed.-Thurs.; classes canceled


The University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus issued an emergency reduction in operations effective at midnight Tuesday through 7 a.m. Friday, due to predicted extreme low temperatures and wind chills.

All classes and events occurring during this time have been canceled.

During an emergency reduction of operations, only previously identified critical employees are expected to make a reasonable effort to report to work if operations are being maintained in the employee’s unit, or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

Staff with questions about whether they are required to report to work during an emergency reduction in operations are advised to contact their unit supervisor for clarification. Faculty members with questions are advised to contact their department chair or dean’s office.

Michigan Medicine — the U-M Health System — will remain operational for patient care only. UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint also will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

The dining facilities and residential halls will remain open. All non-essential buildings, including the university libraries and recreational sports facilities, will be closed.

In a Tuesday afternoon email message sent to students, faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, university leaders said the reduction in operations includes the cancelation of all classroom and laboratory instruction and also extends to all non-critical services and operations.

The message was signed by Provost Martin Philbert; Preeti Malani, chief health officer; Laurita Thomas, chief human resources officer; and Eddie Washington, executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security.

“When outdoors, remember to dress appropriately and cover exposed skin. Even brief periods of exposure to these extreme temperatures can be hazardous, and faculty, staff and students are urged to stay indoors as much as possible,” the message says.


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