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Emergency Closing Information

In the event of a heavy snowstorm or other emergency necessitating cancellation or delay of work, employees should consult the following sources for information beginning at 6:00 a.m.

  •      RAVE Emergency Notification System.   The University will send text and e-mail notification before 6:00 a.m.
  • WBZ-TV News Channel 4, WCVB-TV Channel 5 News, and WBZ News Radio 1030AM
  •  Emergency Hotlines 1-888-BOS-COLL or (617)552-INFO
  •    BCInfo at or BCEmergency at

A text, web or news posting will inform employees if there is cancellation of work. An announcement canceling classes at Boston College does not mean that there is cancellation of work. The announcement will specifically mention that Boston College is “closed” when employees are not expected to report. No notification means that the University is operating on a normal schedule.

Even when the University is closed due to weather, there will be certain essential personnel required to work and certain offices/functions operational.  It is expected in these cases that some arrangement for coverage or standby be made between the director and the office staff.  If an employee is required to work on such a day, compensatory time off will be provided to that employee and will be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient to the department and the affected individual.


The decision regarding early dismissal of employees because of weather or other emergency will be communicated by the Executive Vice President and Provost through postings on the following websites: BCInfo, BC Emergency, BC Home. Employees may also call 1-888-BOS-COLL or 617-552-INFO for information on early dismissal.  Unless otherwise notified, all staff members are expected to remain at work until the closing hour.