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Release: March 8, 1999

UI remains open, evening class announcement to be made by 2 p.m. this afternoon

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Despite predictions of blizzard conditions, the University of Iowa remains open for business and classes today, Monday, March 8. University officials will monitor conditions throughout the day. If conditions deteriorate, a decision about evening classes will be announced by 2 p.m.

In general, faculty, staff and students should assume that the university continues to function despite inclement weather. In particular, the following university departments will always remain open and in operation: residence services, physical plant, public safety, University Hospitals and Clinics, and the dental clinic.

Employees and students who are concerned about the risk of trying to get to work or class are encouraged to use their best judgment. "If you believe it's best to stay home, just do it," says Ann Rhodes, vice president for University Relations. "But if you do stay home, be sure to call in and let your supervisor or co-workers know. Students may want to contact their professors to make arrangements to turn in assignments later or learn what was missed."

There are no specific criteria for making a decision to cancel classes, but factors such as impassable roads and sidewalks and/or down telephone and power lines are considered.