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Severe Weather Procedures

The following procedures are used in the event that VIU must close campuses and facilities due to severe weather conditions.

  1. VIU’s Associate Vice-President of Facilities and Ancillary Services, or designate, monitors local weather stations, RCMP advisories, and other weather and road information sources for reports. They also speak with partners in the region including School Districts and transit before making a decision to close campuses and facilities due to severe weather conditions

Morning Closures

  1. Important: A decision will be made by 6:30 am on whether or not campuses and facilities will be closed and morning classes and exams cancelled.

    The first message announcing closures will be sent out through VIU’s Safety App. This will address closures and all campuses and facilities.

    Please note: A decision to close or not to close is made based on the safety of the grounds of VIU’s campuses and facilities. Vancouver Island and region has many micro-climates.

    This means the campus might be safe but other areas are not. Students, faculty and staff are asked to use their best judgement when deciding if they are able to come in if the campus is open. If they are not, accommodations will be made for missed work and exams – students can speak to their instructors about this; faculty and staff must inform their direct supervisor if they are unable to make it in.

  2. Messages will then be posted on:

    • Twitter: @viunews; @VIUniversity
    • VIU’s Facebook pages: facebook.com/viuniversity; facebook.com/viunews
    • Local Radio Stations
      1. The Wave 102.3 FM – Nanaimo; The Wolf 106.9 FM – Nanaimo; CHLY 101.7 FM – Nanaimo; Beach 88.5 FM – Parksville; Juice 89.7 FM; The Peak 93.3 FM – Port Alberni; CBC 90.5 FM – Victoria; SUN 95.7 FM – Powell River; Coast 91.7 CKAY FM – Sechelt
    • Email: faculty and staff emails; student emails
    • VIU’s website banner: viu.ca
    • Signs posted on the entrances of the Library, Bookstore, Theatre and Welcome Centre on VIU’s Nanaimo campus
  3. Information will be updated through all of these methods throughout the day letting the community know if the campuses will remain closed or will reopen for afternoon or evening classes.

    • VIU will make every effort to keep the following buildings on the Nanaimo campus open during a closure:
        1. The Library Commons
        2. Cafeteria seating
        3. Transit loop
        4. Vancouver Island University Residences

Afternoon Closures

  • A decision will be made by 10:30 am on whether or not campuses and facilities will remain closed or will reopen for afternoon classes and exams that begin at 12.30 or later.

    The first message announcing an afternoon closure will be sent out through VIU’s Safety App.

    Other messages will be sent out as per the ‘Morning Closures’ procedure above.

Evening Closures

  • A decision will be made by 2:30 pm on whether or not campuses and facilities will remain closed or will reopen for evening classes and exams beginning at 5.30 pm or later.

    The first message announcing an evening closure will be sent out through VIU’s Safety App.

    Other messages will be sent out as per the ‘Morning Closures’ procedure above.

There will be times when weather conditions change quickly and VIU’s ability to notify employees and students by 6:30 am will be impacted. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please email facilities@viu.ca with any questions.