Campus Closures and Cancellations

Cape Breton University takes its responsibility to its students very seriously and tries 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,, 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.


  • What does it mean when campus is closed?

    When the CBU campus is closed, all classes and scheduled events (including exams) for that day are cancelled.

    University buildings and services will be closed.

    If you are on campus when a closure announcement is made, you will be expected to leave the campus if it is safe to do so.


  • Why would Cape Breton University close?

    CBU tries to remain open for scheduled classes and other events whenever possible. 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.

    CBU opts to maintain a campus closure policy in an effort to assist individuals in making decisions and for the well-being of the campus community.


  • How will I know if CBU is closed?

    If a decision is made to close, a CBU Alert will be sent to our campus community. Immediately following, the information will be shared on, our official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and with media for distribution through their channels. For staff and faculty, an email will be sent to the announcement listing.

    A voice message regarding closure status will also be recorded for access via phone. To reach this message, call the general CBU phone number at 902-539-5300 and press 9.


  • Why do some people receive the CBU Alert before others?

    The speed of which you receive the alert can depend on your cellular carrier. But if you’re signed up for the alert, you should receive it in a timely manner.

  • Who makes the decision to close campus?

    A campus closure decision is made by CBU’s Manager of Security Services or a designate.

    This 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 (not in advance). 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
  • Is my class considered morning, afternoon or evening?

    Morning: Any class or lab that begins before 1:00 p.m. (8:40, 10:05, 11:30)

    Afternoon: Classes or labs between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (1:00, 2:30 4:00)

    Evening: Any class or lab that begins later than 5:00 p.m.


  • 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 do not feel that you can make it to campus safely, 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 that day.”


  • 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 their 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.

  • Who makes the decision to cancel bus service?

    The Cape Breton Regional Municipality makes the decision as to whether or not the bus service operates.

  • I’m a student in an online course. If campus is closed will my class go ahead?

    Your class can go ahead if there is power, but this decision is up to the professor or instructor offering the course. Please check with them on their policy.