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Release: Jan. 29, 2001

UI adds toll-free weather hotline

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa now has a toll-free weather hotline for students, faculty and staff who live outside the local calling area in Johnson County. The toll-free number is 1-866-527-1234. For students, faculty and staff who live in Iowa City, Coralville and other local calling areas, the weather hotline number is 335-1234.

The weather hotline was established to provide information about classes during inclement weather. The university stays open even in inclement weather. However, classes may be cancelled in cases of extreme weather. Students, faculty and staff members should use their best judgment in deciding whether they can safely travel to campus.

In those instances when travel seems inadvisable, faculty members are encouraged to contact their departmental office. Staff members should call their supervisor to alert them of their absence from work. Students who miss class are encouraged to contact their instructor. In particular, the following university departments always remain open and in operation even in severe weather:

o Residence Services

o Facilities Services Group

o Public Safety

o University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

o University of Iowa Dental Clinic