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Inclement Weather

When severe weather impacts campus safety, it may be necessary to cancel classes and close offices. The official, most accurate information will be recorded on the Campus Notification phone line at 781.891.2020, posted on the Bentley website, and shared with the campus community via email, text, phone (when appropriate) through the Rave Alert Emergency Notification System.  Bentley's social media channels will also share school closing information but should not be the primary source for the most current information.

Although TV and radio stations listed below are notified, on rare occasions these stations post incorrect information. We have no control over such errors. Please do not rely solely on external media sources.


WRKO- 680 AM

WBZ - 1030 AM


WBZ TV - Channel 4

WCVB TV - Channel 5

WHDH TV - Channel 7

CW TV - Channel 56

FOX TV - Channel 25

Day Cancellations

If the university is closed due to inclement weather, all employees scheduled to work that day will receive their regular full day’s pay. Any employee who has a scheduled vacation or personal day on a day when the university closes because of inclement weather must still record their time as vacation or personal time. Those on sick leave must record their time off as sick time. Only those who were scheduled to work that day will be compensated through the Inclement Weather policy.

Evening Cancellations

Evening classes and events are those that begin at or beyond 5:00 p.m. or are scheduled to end after 5:00 p.m. This includes "G" block classes that meet from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m., as well as graduate classes that run from 4:00 to 6:20 p.m. Cancellation of classes and offices during the day does not necessarily mean that evening classes are also cancelled. Unless specifically stated to the contrary, evening classes will be held.

Delayed Openings

Occasionally it is necessary to delay the opening of the university to 10:00 a.m. The second class period of the day normally begins at 9:55 a.m. AM. These classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. on "delayed opening" days. 

Planning for Weather-Related Cancellations

Well before weather-related cancellation arises, faculty, event planners, and meeting organizers should develop and communicate their contingency plans for making up missed class work, the cancelled event or meeting. Prior to an event, planners should establish a snow make-up day or designate a phone number to call for specific information about rescheduling. Because of the large number of meetings, events and classes held at Bentley, it is not possible to use the Bentley Emergency Line for individualized announcements.

Parking/Driving in Winter Conditions

We depend on the cooperation of the community for successful snow removal. 

Please take note of the following information to help Bentley’s Facilities Management Department get the job done quickly and efficiently:

Parking Decks — Sand is spread on deck surfaces to combat ice buildup. Freezing ice on the top (exposed) deck may linger longer throughout the storm. Use of salt is restricted on this surface. Students parking on the decks should use special care in this area during winter conditions. The grounds crew will make every effort to keep the area free of ice.

Post-storm snow removal at night — The grounds crew will implement nighttime post-storm snow removal in resident parking lots. After a medium to heavy snowstorm, the Grounds Department, in collaboration with Residence Life, University Police and student residents, will need all students to remove their vehicles temporarily in the following areas:

Lot 17 (Forest, Kresge, Rhodes)

Lot 11 and 12 (Miller lot and Miller deck)

Lots 16 and 18 (Trees and Slade)

Lot 21 (Orchard)

Lot 24 (Copley)

Lot 19 (Stratton)

During designated times, residence hall students will be asked to move their cars to upper lots for approximately 45 to 60 minutes so that the snow plow equipment can more efficiently remove snow. This method has served resident students well in years past, eliminating snow build up and utilizing parking lots more efficiently. Students will be asked to move their vehicles after the storm has ended, usually the next night, to allow plows to clear the lots as much as possible. With everyone’s cooperation in moving their vehicles out of lots, the large front end loaders can generally clear their assigned lots in one hour. Snow shovels will be available at University Police for anyone who parks on campus.

Work-study students assigned to the Facilities Management department may be available (depending on class schedules) to assist with snow shoveling during the vehicle clear-out periods.