Inclement Weather Guide / Snow Days

The Chancellor is responsible for determining if, for the safety and welfare of students and staff, classes will be postponed. Some services, such as UW Hospital and Clinic, University Housing, University Police and power plant operations remain open regardless of weather conditions.

University Communications works with the Chancellor in providing appropriate announcement to the media (TV and radio stations frequently announce closings). Persons wondering if the university has been closed may visit the UW homepage, contact Campus and Visitor Relations at (608) 263-2400, or consult local news media.

Professors may cancel individual classes due to the weather--students should contact the professor or department if they think this may be the case. (Please note: This policy also applies when there is excessive heat.)

Historical note:  According to University Communications, the first time the campus was closed was on March 17, 1969 due to “a major snowstorm.” The second time was on December 3, 1990 when Chancellor Donna Shalala decided to close the campus after 17” of snow fell in Madison over a 12-hour period. Other occasions include once during the 2005-6 school year, February 2nd, 2011, and December 20th, 2012 during exam week, and January 30, 2019 due to extreme cold.

Information about procedures if there is inclement weather can be found on the UW-PD website: