Due to winter weather, campus will delay opening until 10 a.m. CST today (Wednesday, Feb. 17) and continue remote operations for all but essential operations until that time. Students, faculty and staff should use caution when coming to work, whether driving or walking.
Dress warmly and prepare for cooler workspaces
Temperatures are warmer today but still below freezing. Students, faculty and staff are advised to dress warmly. Workstations may be cooler than normal due to the recent cold and stress on heating systems in some buildings. Dress in layers.
How to wear layers
- Inner Layer: Wear fabrics that will hold more body heat and don’t absorb moisture. Wool, silk or polypropylene will hold more body heat than cotton.
- Insulation Layer: An insulation layer will help you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Natural fibers, like wool or goose down or a classic fleece work best.
- Outer Layer: The outermost layer helps protect you from wind, rain, and snow. It should be tightly woven, and preferably be water and wind resistant to reduce loss of body heat.
Use caution walking on campus
While grounds crews have been working hard to clear walkways across campus, areas may be slick. Be careful and use caution walking on campus walkways and parking lots.
Safety tips for walking on slick surfaces
- Leather- or plastic-soled shoes increase your risk of slipping and falling. Wear shoes with rubber or neoprene gripping soles.
- Look at the surface before you start walking. When you exiting a vehicle, brace yourself to get stability. Anticipate ice.
- On ice, don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. Take shuffling steps.
- Don’t step on uneven surfaces, curbs, or painted concrete
- If you feel as though you are going to fall, roll with the fall and try and roll backwards. If possible, relax when you begin to fall and discard anything you are carrying.
- Avoid walking on surfaces that have not been treated. Avoid shortcuts as they are typically located in areas where snow and ice removal is not possible.
View more winter weather safety tips.