University Status

WEATHER ADVISORY (Update #5: Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.) – Hurricane Ian

To the FAU community,

All FAU campuses will return to normal operations and all classes, including online classes, will resume as scheduled Friday, Sept. 30.


WEATHER ADVISORY (Update #4: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.) – Hurricane Ian

To the FAU community,

All FAU campuses will again suspend operations for Thursday, Sept. 29, and all classes, including online classes, are canceled.

A decision about Friday, Sept. 30, classes and operations will be made as information becomes available.  

As a result, the following also is in effect:

  • All events on all campuses are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • Campus shuttle routes will not operate on Thursday, Sept. 29. As of the time of this email, hotel shuttles for Boca Raton will operate as scheduled. The Department of Housing and Residential Education will update hotel students through their FAU email of any changes to the schedule.
  • Students residing on campus in Boca Raton and Jupiter are currently permitted to stay on campus. Please communicate with residence hall/student apartment leadership about your plans to remain on campus or depart.
  • All resident dining halls will remain open and on regular schedules.
  • The student union and campus rec on the Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • All residents are strongly encouraged to remain indoors during the storm.
  • Essential personnel should communicate with their respective supervisors regarding reporting assignments for Thursday, Sept. 29.

As of 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian is rapidly intensifying and nearing a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. According to the latest forecast track, the storm’s center is expected to move over central Florida Wednesday night and Thursday morning, emerging over the western Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday.

While the forecast has the center of the storm remaining away from FAU’s service areas, excessive rainfall, flooding, damaging winds and tornados are possible throughout the remainder of Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29. Most of South Florida is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

FAU officials are in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies. Students, faculty and staff should monitor all communication channels, including the University status page (www.fau.edu/advisory), the FAU homepage (www.fau.edu), the FAU hotline 1-888-8FAUOWL (832-8695), email, text, phone and local media outlets.


WEATHER ADVISORY (Update #3: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.) – Hurricane Ian

To the FAU community,

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, all FAU campuses will suspend operations and all classes, including online classes, are canceled for Wednesday, Sept. 28.  All classes starting at or after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, are canceled.

The HBOI campus will suspend operations both Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29.

A decision about Thursday, Sept. 29, classes and operations for the Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter, Fort Lauderdale and SeaTech campuses will be made as information becomes available.

As a result, the following also is in effect:

  • All events on all campuses are canceled for Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • Campus shuttle routes will suspend operations on Wednesday, Sept. 28; shuttle bus service for students from the Boca Raton hotels to campus will operate as scheduled.
  • Students residing on campus in Boca Raton and Jupiter are currently permitted to stay on campus. Please communicate with residence hall/student apartment leadership about your plans to remain on campus or depart.
  • All resident dining halls will remain open and on regular schedules.
  • The student union and campus rec on the Davie campus will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • Residents are asked to bring their bicycles into their residences and those with vehicles are encouraged to fill up their gas tanks in case they have to leave campus. All residents are strongly encouraged to remain indoors during the storm.
  • Essential personnel should communicate with their respective supervisors regarding reporting assignments for Wednesday, Sept. 28 (and Thursday, Sept. 29, at HBOI).

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the regions surrounding the Boca Raton, Jupiter and HBOI campuses. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the regions surrounding the Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Sea Tech campuses. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected in the area within the next 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means there is a chance of tropical storm-force winds within 48 hours.

Ian is a Category 3 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. It is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 storm later Tuesday as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico. While the expected forecast has the center of the storm remaining away from FAU’s service areas, excessive rainfall, flooding, damaging wind and tornados are possible throughout the week.

FAU officials are in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies. Students, faculty and staff should monitor all communication channels, including the University status page (www.fau.edu/advisory), the FAU homepage (www.fau.edu), the FAU hotline 1-888-8FAUOWL (832-8695), email, text, phone and local media outlets.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Information on preparing for and responding to hurricanes, such as unit emergency planning, creating emergency kits, and FAU action guides on weather events, is available on the FAU Department of Emergency Management website.

Units and Employees

  • Ensure unit-essential personnel are current, that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are prepared to be recalled to campus; please refer to the essential personnel policies.
  • Have damage assessment forms on hand; do not use the work order system to report damage associated with this storm, email all reports to reportdamage@fau.edu.
  • Track all expenses, including time and labor, associated with this effort for cost recovery purposes.
  • In areas prone to leaks and flooding, please take extra precaution to protect computer assets by disconnecting them from power, elevating them off the floor, and covering them with plastic bags or tarps.

Please bookmark all the links above and check your emergency contact information.


WEATHER ADVISORY (Update #2: Monday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.) – Hurricane Ian

To the FAU community,

The FAU Department of Emergency Management is monitoring Hurricane Ian. Based on the latest storm track, South Florida could begin to experience effects from the system by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. It remains too soon to determine exact timing, location and magnitude of any potential impact to FAU’s service areas. Excessive rainfall and flooding, damaging wind and tornados are possible.

Currently, there are no operational changes to the University.

FAU officials are in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies. Students, faculty and staff should monitor all communication channels, including the University status page (www.fau.edu/advisory), the FAU homepage (www.fau.edu), the FAU hotline 1-888-8FAUOWL (832-8695), email, text, phone and local media outlets.

Information on preparing for and responding to hurricanes, such as unit emergency planning, creating emergency kits, and FAU action guides on weather events, is available on the FAU Department of Emergency Management website.


WEATHER ADVISORY (Update #1: Friday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.) – Tropical Depression Nine

To the FAU community,

The FAU Department of Emergency Management is monitoring Tropical Depression Nine, which has formed over the central Caribbean Sea with the potential to strengthen into a tropical storm during the next 36-48 hours. The system is forecast to approach Florida in the early to middle part of next week, although it is too soon to determine exact timing, location and magnitude of any potential impact to FAU’s service areas.

FAU officials are in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies. Students, faculty and staff should monitor all communication channels, including the University status page (www.fau.edu/advisory), the FAU homepage (www.fau.edu), the FAU hotline 1-888-8FAUOWL (832-8695), email, text, phone and local media outlets.

Information on preparing for and responding to hurricanes, such as unit emergency planning, creating emergency kits, and FAU action guides on weather events, is available on the FAU  Department of Emergency Management  website.