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Winter weather and campus closures

Before severe weather strikes, here’s what students, faculty and staff members need to know to help ensure a safe and equitable learning environment for all.

How to stay up to date on weather related closures or delays:

In the event of a campus closure, delayed start or early dismissal, students and employees will receive a text message and/or email from the RAVE Alert System with current information.

Visit the MSU Denver RAVE alert page to add mobile device numbers or additional email addresses to receive alerts. The system uses your MSU Denver NetID and password. 

Generally, closure and delay decisions are made at 5:30 a.m. Roadrunners can reference this webpage, call the Inclement Weather Line at 1-877-556-3637, visit www.ahec.edu or check MSU Denver social media channels after 5:30 a.m. for closure and delay information.

Announcements are also shared with local news stations 9NewsCBS47News the Denver Channel, and KDVR Fox News31 and they are posted on Auraria Campus social media accounts including:

If weather conditions necessitate a campus closure

A snowy day on Auraria Campus.Faculty and students

A campus closure is applicable to all faculty members and students, meaning that both in-person and online classes are canceled for the day. Inclement weather may cause a disruption in communication channels and internet access, and in order to provide a consistent learning experience, all students and faculty will follow closure protocols.

Any individual mandatory attendance policies for specific classes are suspended if campus is closed. Faculty members should not require students to attend a class when campus is closed due to inclement weather.  


Essential personnel (who are already pre-identified by their departments, such as facilities staff) must report in-person. Staff members who ordinarily work on campus do not need to report to campus and do not need to work remotely.

Staff members who have a remote work agreement in place also do not need to work during a campus closure unless instructed to by their supervisor for critical business needs. The University encourages flexibility and equity. 

All students and employees

A campus closure does not mean students, faculty members, or staff members are unaccountable for any classroom content or work duties that would have occurred on the closure day, but instead, should plan to fulfill those obligations on a different day.

If the Auraria Campus remains open during inclement weather

If campus is open during inclement weather, MSU Denver encourages students, faculty members and staff members to use their best judgment as to their ability to safely reach campus. Students should communicate with faculty, faculty with their department chairs, and staff with their supervisors if they feel unable to reach campus in a safe manner.

If weather conditions necessitate an early dismissal or late start

Faculty and students

If a class is scheduled to begin after a posted early dismissal time, that class is canceled. If a class straddles the dismissal time, that class is canceled. For example, if campus is closing at 2 p.m., a class that runs from 1 – 3 p.m. is canceled. The same is true if inclement weather necessitates a delayed start. If the campus will open at 10 a.m. and a class runs from 9 to 11 a.m., that class is canceled.


For delayed starts, employees who are scheduled to work in-person on campus that day would report for work at the delayed start time. Employees working remotely that day would also start their days at the delayed start time. Early dismissal would apply to anyone working in-person at that time. Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible.

How we determine campus closures

Weather-related closure, early dismissal and late start decisions are always made collectively and cooperatively by the members of the Auraria Executive Council or their designees, which includes leadership from each of the three educational institutions on campus (MSU Denver, CU Denver and Community College of Denver) as well as AHEC (Auraria Higher Education Center). 

AEC members receive information directly from the National Weather Service in Boulder and also consult with AHEC Facilities Services and Emergency Management. Before and during a storm, AHEC officials participate in public-safety conference calls with the NWS and consult with campus safety officials. The officials then evaluate the information with Facilities Services to gauge the team’s ability to keep the campus accessible and safe.