Snow or extreme weather

In the event of snow or extreme weather visit the UVic home page for information. The university will use the website to inform the campus community about service disruptions, class cancellations, campus closures and safety precautions. Information will also be posted on the university’s and .

Campus closure notification

As a general rule, if the BC Transit bus system is operating and buses are travelling to and from the university, the university will remain open. UVic only interrupts regular operations under exceptional circumstances. In the event of adverse weather that results in closure of the UVic campus, information will be posted at UVic.ca and on the university’s and .

General information

  • When extreme weather is predicted or occurring, check the UVic home page for any weather advisories.
  • Wear appropriate clothing, including footwear suitable for the conditions. Stay visible.
  • Allow extra travel time. Use main routes as these will be cleared first.
  • Use the main entrances to campus buildings. These will be cleared of snow and ice first.
  • Report unsafe conditions to Campus Security at 250-721-7599
  • Be patient. Facilities Management staff will work as quickly as possible to clear snow and ice according to campus priorities. If working alone familiarize yourself with the Campus Alone program.

Snow Response Plan

The UVic Facilities Management department is responsible for managing the response to snow and ice. The university uses a response plan that identifies and prioritizes roadways, accessibility and high priority pathways, building entrances, emergency fire lanes, the campus bus loop and parking areas for snow removal.

Snow clearing priorities maps

Information for students

The University of Victoria can experience snow and other disrupting weather. The university will make every effort to remain open and keep classes in session. As a general rule, if the BC Transit bus system is operating and servicing the university, the university remains open. UVic only interrupts regular operations under exceptional circumstances and has closed only a small number of  times due to weather since its founding in 1963. We encourage students to please use caution travelling to and from the university and around campus and to use public transit where possible. Students should monitor uvic.ca, and to obtain the most up to date information about how disrupting weather conditions are affecting campus operations.

With respect to extreme weather during the exam period, students are urged to make sure they take extra time in travelling to campus for scheduled exams. Road conditions can delay traffic and transit buses may not run on time. Students are responsible to make every effort to arrive on campus before scheduled exam times.

The university has procedures to deal with delays caused by extreme weather. In the event of extreme weather conditions that result in a campus closure:

a) For mid-term exams and assignments, the instructor may consider rescheduling the exam or make alternate arrangements. Your instructor will advise you on what arrangements will be made.

b) During the final exam period, the instructor may consider, in consultation with the student, the following options:

  • Offer a make-up exam as soon as possible. If this option is agreed upon, the grading deadline would be extended. Staff in the Office of the Registrar will refer any student inquiries concerning this to the instructor. For further information, contact the office of the .
  • Use the student's term standing as the final grade.

Students should closely monitor uvic.ca and  to obtain the most up to date information about how disrupting weather conditions are affecting campus operations and the exam schedule.

Information for employees in the event of inclement weather

The University of Victoria can experience snow and other disrupting weather. The university will make every effort to remain open. Having said that, the university recognizes that, despite best intentions and efforts, inclement weather may delay or otherwise prevent employees from reporting to work. As such, we are often asked questions with respect to pay for employees if they are unable to attend work as scheduled because of inclement conditions.

As a general rule, if the BC Transit bus system is operating and servicing the university, the university remains open. UVic only interrupts regular operations under exceptional circumstances and has closed only twice due to weather since its founding in 1963. We encourage staff and faculty to please use caution travelling to and from the university and around campus and to use public transit where possible and allow yourself extra time to reach campus.  When on campus please slow down, watch for icy roads or pathways and choose appropriate footwear for the conditions.  We care about your safety and wellbeing.

The university's practice with respect to pay has been to take reasonable steps to minimize the possibility that staff would lose pay if they are unable to come to work, or arrive late, due to these circumstances. Depending on the collective agreement, staff may apply to use vacation days, banked overtime, or, subject to scheduling and operational requirements, may be allowed to make up the time later.

There may be exceptional circumstances, during a period of inclement weather, where an employee may request to perform some or all of his/her work from home for a short duration. Deans, chairs and other administrators may consider the operational impact of these requests on a case by case basis and are welcome to consult with their Human Resources consultant as needed.

Updates on any significant impact on campus operations will be posted at uvic.ca or uvic.ca/current-faculty-staff.

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