In the event of a serious snowstorm, the Law School may be closed. An example of a serious snowstorm is one that has caused the closing of the Public Schools of the City of New York. In the event of a serious snowstorm, the Law School administration will review the situation early in the morning and make a decision on whether or not to close the Law School. We will communicate this decision according to this Snow Emergency Plan.

The general policy is that the Law School is open unless the New York Public Schools are closed. If we get some snow and the public schools are open, assume the Law School is open unless you find a message on one of the media below.

The Plan consists of four parts. The first and primary part of the plan uses the Law School and University websites. The second part of the plan uses our telephone message system. The third part consists of giving local radio stations our closing information for broadcast. The fourth part is a back-up plan, which consists of a calling chain to all staff members. Each part of the plan is outlined below.

I. Law School and University Websites: A notice explaining the school's plans will be posted on the homepage of the Law School website. The same information will also be included on the CUNY website. It is our intention to have this information posted no later than 7:30 am on the days in question.

II. Telephone Call-In: An alert message will be placed on the school's automatic answering system, which can be accessed by dialing 718-340-4399. It is our intention to have a system bulletin up and running no later than 7:30 am on the days in question.

III. Media Annoncement: CUNY School of Law Emergency Closings will be announced by the following media outlets:

CUNY closings can also be obtained by calling New York City's 311 information line.

IV. Personal Phone Call (Faculty and staff only): In the event that the Law School is unable to implement parts I, II or III of this plan, we will institute a school-wide telephone calling chain. Department heads should set up a calling chain in their departments and give the Personnel Office a copy of their calling list.

Updated: February 2010