Campus Closures and Cancellations

Cape Breton University takes its responsibility to its students very seriously and  tries its best to remain open at all times for classes and University business. However, at times, the campus must close to ensure the well-being of our campus community.

In the event of a closure, the campus community will be notified immediately through CBU Alert, www.cbu.ca, and our official Facebook and Twitter accounts. A notice will also be sent to local radio stations. 

To be notified of campus closures, please sign up for CBU Alerts  and be sure to read our full Inclement Weather Policy.

 

  • Why would Cape Breton University close?

    CBU endeavours to remain open for scheduled classes and other campus events. However, on occasion, we do need to close for the safety and well-being of our campus community. Reasons for closure may include inclement (bad) weather, power outages or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Some universities have historically maintained a policy of not closing, noting the decision as to the safety of travel conditions is an individual assessment and responsibility. While not replacing this need for a personal assessment as to safety, CBU opts to maintain a campus closure policy in an effort to assist individuals make decisions and for the well-being of the campus community.

  • How will I know if CBU is closed?

    Once a decision is made to close, a CBU Alert  will be sent to our campus community. Immediately following, the information will be shared on www.cbu.ca, our official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and with media for distribution through their channels. A voice message regarding closure status will be also be recorded for access via phone. To reach this message, call the general CBU phone number at 902-539-5300 and press 9.

  • Who makes the decision to close campus?

    A campus closure decision is typically made by CBU’s Vice-President of Finance and Operations or his designate.

  • How is a decision made to close campus?

    A campus closure decision involves a balancing of CBU’s commitment to ensure classes and campus events continue and the well-being of our campus community. These decisions are taken very seriously and are made in consultation with forecasters at Environment Canada, other local education partners, and members of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Police and Transportation departments.

  • When is a decision made to close campus?

    Campus closure decisions are made the day of a cancellation. This is to optimize currency of weather forecasts and situations.

    Decisions are announced:

    • By 7:00 a.m. for morning cancellations
    • By 11:30 a.m. for afternoon cancellations
    • By 4:00 p.m. for evening cancellations
  • My class is late morning - early afternoon. How do I know if my class is canceled or not?

    A campus closure announcement for afternoon classes refers to classes starting at 1:00 p.m. Should a decision be made to reopen for the afternoon, classes will resume at 1:00 p.m., while administrative offices will open at 12:00 noon.

  • My class is late afternoon - early evening. How do I know if my class is canceled or not?

    A campus closure announcement for evening classes refers to classes starting at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

  • I’m a student. If campus is open, but I cannot make it to campus due to inclement weather, what should I do?

    If campus is open, but you cannot make it to campus safely due to inclement weather, please use your own discretion.

    According to our Inclement weather policy:

    “Students who miss classes during inclement weather (within reason) will not be unreasonably penalized for academic work missed. It is expected that academic staff will accommodate these students by arranging a new due date for assignments/papers/presentations or providing an alternate examination date. It is the responsibility of the student to email their professor or instructor to inform them of their absence the day of the cancellation.”

  • I’m staff or faculty, but I cannot make it to campus due to inclement weather. What should I do?

    If campus is open, but you cannot make it to campus safely due to inclement weather, please use your own discretion.

    If you are a faculty member or instructor, please inform your class/classes of the cancellation at the earliest opportunity possible. Please be sure to include the cancellation on moodle, your e-mail notification and voicemail message, and any other way that you normally communicate with your students.

    If you are a staff member, please inform your manager at the earliest opportunity possible. It is also recommended that you turn on your email out of office notification and change your voicemail message, if necessary.

  • Why are there times that the University is open, but other organizations, such as NSCC, are closed?

    Every organization makes their own decision to open or close based upon its own criteria and assessment of conditions. These criteria may differ from organization to organization. All closure decisions are based on varying factors including, condition of roads, sidewalks and entrances; current and incoming weather systems; and input from experts.

  • I rely on public transportation. If the busses are not running is CBU open?

    No. Due to the fact that many of our campus community members rely on public transportation, if the busses are not running due to weather conditions, CBU will not be open.