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Bentley University Will Open at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. 9:55 am Classes Will be Held.

Contact: Michele Walsh, 781-891-2070,

October 24, 2012

Oct. 29, 9:20pm

Bentley University will open on Tuesday, October 30 at 10AM.   9:55AM classes will be held.  Season’s dining hall will open at its regularly scheduled time.  Those members of the community who are commuting to campus should use discretion based upon local conditions before departing.

Thanks to the many community members who were on site all day Monday and overnight to ensure that the campus was safe, the community was fed, there were activities for students, and that any damage was addressed immediately.

University Police, the Residential Center staff, and Facilities Management staff will continue to monitor the conditions on campus.  Please report any emergency to University Police at 781-891-3131.

Essential personnel, as determined by department managers, either through union contract or other work requirements (i.e., University Police) will be required to work, as scheduled.

Oct. 28, 2012, 5:10pm

For Monday, October 29, 2012 no day or evening classes will be held and all administrative and academic offices will be closed at Bentley University.

Having reviewed the latest forecasts,  following the Governor’s request, and out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community members, the University has decided to err on the side of safety and close the University tomorrow.  

For those on campus, please remember University Police and Residential Staff are on campus and available to you.  Seasons and the Mad Falcon will be available for food service.  Other venues will closed.

Essential personnel, as determined by department managers, either through union contract or other work requirements (i.e., University Police) will be required to work, as scheduled.

October 28, 2012, 3:30pm

Bentley University is monitoring the impending storm information for Hurricane Sandy.  Currently it is predicted to reach New England on Monday, Oct. 29 and impact our area for several days.  Our emergency management and crisis communications teams have contingency plans in place based on the current predictions. Announcements about changes to normal operations on campus will be posted on the University website—  A recorded message will also be available at 781-891-2020.   In the event of a major on-campus emergency, we will notify the campus using our emergency notification system.

On Friday, the Director of the Residential Center sent an email to all Residential Students with helpful information about safety precautions.  It is important for all members of the community -- faculty, staff, and students on and off campus -- be prepared and use discretion in making decisions. 

Helpful tips for storm preparedness include:

  • Assemble extra food and water
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Identify a place to go if the power is out for extended periods of time (this is very important for students on and off campus, as well as faculty and staff)
  • Please listen carefully to updates to the storm and also know that regular means of communication (email; internet; cell phone; landline phones) may be interrupted. 

For residential students:

  •  In case of power failure, residence halls have back-up generators that are fully fueled and ready to power emergency lighting and card swipes. You will be able to get in and out of your residences and there will be lights in hallways and stairwells, but your rooms will not have power.
  • All residence halls have live-in professional staff and student staff available for assistance and guidance. Residence Life staff will have access to flashlights to aid in navigating through any power failure although we encourage you to have your own.
  • You should keep your laptop and mobile devices close to maximum charge so that you can receive any new information from the University via email and/or the University website.
  • The University Police offices are open 24/7.
  • Food service is scheduled to remain on its current schedule.  However, in the event of a power outage, it is likely Seasons will be the only food service open.  Service will be scaled back but we are confident we can meet student needs.  However, we encourage you to have snacks, water and other supplies in your room.
  • If the University makes campus-wide changes or closures, the information will be communicated via email and the University website and, if necessary, via posters on entry doors.
  • Though it is extremely unlikely that Bentley University would be required to close for an extended period of time, it would still be wise for each student to have an evacuation plan/location in mind for that eventuality.  It is wise to have this type of plan available at all times. 

For more information on what to do to prepare for a hurricane, please click on this link to the Red Cross website.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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