Don't get your hopes up: Snow days are rare at the University of Michigan
It’s been more than three decades since University of Michigan students had a snow day.
That’s why third-year student Eric Lawry isn’t planning for a break from class on Wednesday, no matter how much snows falls on Ann Arbor.
“They never close,” Lawry said. “I don’t think they will this time either.”
The last time U-M closed was 1978, spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said.
“Basically, U-M’s policy is to stay open at all times,” he said.
Because U-M is basically a residential college, it’s easier for students to get to class, officials say. Plus, even if students aren’t going to class, U-M still has responsibility for them.
“They still need to be fed,” Fitzgerald said, and that means operations staff has to report.
An often-repeated story links the never-closing policy to a rumored lawsuit by a law school student for tuition money lost when the university closed due to inclement weather. University officials have said they can’t find any evidence of such a lawsuit.
For schools with more commuters, like Eastern Michigan University, the coming snowstorm could cause trouble.
EMU’s policy calls for a decision to be made on morning classes before 6 a.m., afternoon classes to be made before 9:30 a.m. and evening classes to be made before 3 p.m.
Spokesman Geoff Larcom said there will be discussions on Tuesday about whether to keep the school open. EMU closed twice last winter for snow and ice.
David Jesse covers higher education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-623-2534.