Severe weather response
Concordia cares about the members of its community – their safety and well-being are top priorities.
When severe weather is on the way, university officials work to evaluate the potential impact on the Concordia community and responds as follows:
If there is a chance that the university may close the next day, Concordia sends out an email to all its members advising the community of the weather conditions and asking them to consult Concordia.ca the next morning, before coming to campus. This email is generally sent out by 4:00 p.m.
Concordia will decide whether or not to close the university by 6:00 a.m. the following morning. This decision will be posted on Concordia.ca. That information appears at the top of the webpage, within a yellow banner. Those who have followed the recommendation of subscribing to the Rave Guardian mobile app would also receive the information as a notification.
By 6:00 a.m. on the day after a weather-related closure, the university updates Concordia.ca with confirmation that normal operations have resumed or continues to be closed, as appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know whether the university is open or closed?
If there is a chance that the university may close the next day, Concordia sends out an email to all its members advising the community of the weather conditions and asking them to consult Concordia.ca the next morning, before coming to campus. Concordia’s Emergency Operations Centre will decide whether or not to close the university by 6:00 a.m. the following morning. This decision will be posted on Concordia.ca, and will appear at the top of the webpage, within a yellow banner.
What factors are taken into consideration in the university’s decision to stay open or to close?
Concordia’s Emergency Operations Centre takes a number of variables into consideration when deciding whether a university closure is warranted:
- Warnings issued by Environment Canada, including hazard-specific information such as predicted levels of snowfall, precipitation, freezing rain, and/or wind
- Advisories issued by Transport Quebec to avoid non-essential travel on roads
- Potential risks to safety on campus, e.g., is there adequate heating/ventilation and lighting; have emergency exits been cleared from snow and ice?
- Any other hazards known at that time
What services are affected when the university closes?
When the university closes, all activities, exams, labs and classes, including evening classes, are cancelled. All services, including day cares, Health Services, Le Gym, PERFORM Centre, Vanier and Webster Libraries, and Grey Nuns Reading Room are closed. In addition, all cafeterias -- with the exception of the cafeterias in the Grey Nuns Building (SGW), Hingston Hall (Loyola) and the Campus Centre (Loyola) -- are closed. All events scheduled to take place on that day are cancelled, including events at the Stinger’s Dome.
Who is expected to come to work when the university is closed?
Staff and faculty are not expected to report to work when the university is closed. However, all required Facilities Management operational personnel/all trade employees as well as all Security Department personnel must come to work.
What if an exam is scheduled during a university closure?
Students who have questions about their classes, labs, activities or exams – including online exams or classes -- that were to be held on the day during which the university closed should speak directly to their professor.
What if I have borrowed a book or a laptop from the library and it’s due on the day of a university closure?
All library materials (including equipment such as laptops and tablets) that were due the day of a closure will be due on the day the university reopens.
What should employees who are parents of school-aged children do if the schools are closed but the university remains open?
As long as the university is open, staff and faculty are expected to report to work. As in any other circumstance that prevents an employee from coming to work, the affected employee should speak directly to their manager to make arrangements.