Due to persistent freezing temperatures, all university-related activities have been canceled until 8 a.m. Saturday at the Denton, Dallas and Houston Texas Woman’s University campuses. Campus employees are not expected to work unless contacted by a supervisor, and all exams and assignments will not be required to be turned until Feb. 22, according to the twu.edu homepage.
An initial notification delivered through Pioneer Alert last week announced all in-person classes and activities were initially moved online from Sunday through Tuesday. However, due to rolling blackouts and unstable internet connections within North Texas initiated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the cancellation of classes until 8 a.m. Feb. 19 was further announced and later extended to Feb. 20.
“The biggest factor was the dangerous weather conditions and its impact on the university’s ability to safely and effectively deliver instruction,” university spokesperson Matt Flores said.
Flores said it is currently unknown how the university plans to compensate for the unexpected week of lost time.
Access to campus is currently limited, and only those “who have received VP approval” and safety guidance from Environmental Health and Safety staff will be permitted on campus.
The dining hall is remaining open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. while all other food and retail services are closed until further notice.
TWU remains a site for COVID-19 vaccines, however, all vaccine operations have been put on hold until next week. Second dose timing will not be affected and those who scheduled vaccines this week should check their emails for appointment updates.
For the most recent weather updates, visit www.weather.gov.
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