Class Obligations

In emergencies created by winter storms, unusual traffic jams, or breakdowns in public transportation, a faculty member may be delayed in getting to class. If, in the case of an emergency, an instructor comes late to class, it is expected that students will wait for a minimum of 15 minutes after the normal time for starting the class. In the absence of any message to the class concerning probable arrival time, members of the class are not required to wait longer than 15 minutes. The University reserves the right to change its academic calendar in response to inclement weather, emergencies, etc. and will make every effort to notify students about such changes. When changes occur, students are expected to comply with the changes.

In case of snow, other inclement weather, or other emergency closings, Suffolk University will notify students, faculty, and staff about school cancellations or delays according to the following protocols:

When classes are delayed or cancelled, the cancellation will apply to the entire University, including all three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and the Law School as well as the libraries and all other University activities (student affairs, performances, etc.). To determine whether athletic events will be held, please consult the Athletics Department’s website or call 617-573-8379.

Announcements of University delays and closings will be communicated via the emergency alert system (students must provide their contact information on the University portal), the information line at 617-573-8262, and the University’s home page as well as by the television and radio stations listed below. Every attempt will be made to communicate these announcements in a timely manner.

In the event of a delayed opening, classes will begin and administrative offices will open at 10 a.m. Classes scheduled prior to 10 a.m. will be cancelled for the day. For an afternoon closing, the standard closing time will be 4 p.m. (no classes will be held after 4 p.m.), unless weather conditions require earlier closing.

Weekend and holiday closings or delays, including the libraries, will be handled in the same manner as during the regular school week.

School delays or cancellations will also be announced on the following television and radio stations:

Television Stations
WCVB Channel 5
CBS Channel 4
News Channel 7
NBC Channel 10
Rhode Island Broadcaster’s Association

Radio Stations
WBZ (1030 AM)
WBUR (90.9 FM)
WZID (95.7 FM)