Closures related to weather or emergencies

NSCAD is located in an area of the country with weather that can be unpredictable, and at a times, unsafe. As a result, students, staff and faculty may experience closures throughout the school year.

NSCAD campus closures – what does that mean

We take your safety seriously and may close the university based on a risk assessment to students, faculty and staff. In the event of a closure, classes will not be held, all facilities will be closed, exams will be rescheduled, and meetings and other events may be cancelled. Staff and faculty are not normally required to report to work, with some exceptions, and those who are required to report will be notified of this by their manager.

Note: Situations are always closely monitored and weather improvements can be seen throughout the day. For that reason, not all closures are full-day, and can be accompanied by a designated time of reopening.

In what situation could NSCAD close

    • The forecast and weather are poor, affecting the safety of students, faculty and staff
    • The weather is affecting the road conditions, leading to public transit and road closures
    • The facilities are experiencing major damage or issues (e.g. water and power loss, septic issues)
    • The facilities, including emergency exits, sidewalks and entry ways cannot be cleared safely

Communicating closures and updates

NSCAD will utilize several channels to communicate closures, including:

    • NSCAD email
    • Website
    • NSCAD mobile app
    • Social media channels (Twitter and Facebook)
    • Closure information shared with local news outlets (radio, CBC)

If the bad weather or emergency conditions begin prior to the start of regular office hours, we will do our best to communicate closures by 6 a.m. Should the weather or emergency conditions worsen throughout the day, we will announce the closure as soon as the decision is made. Once this information is communicated, classes are cancelled and staff and faculty are excused.

We encourage you to follow your local news and weather reports closely for additional information.