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School Closing


In the event that the College is closed and classes and other scheduled activities are canceled due to inclement weather, only “inclement weather personnel” are required to work.

“Inclement weather personnel” include the following: Power Plant personnel who must remain on the job until properly relieved by his/her normal shift replacement, Public Safety personnel, and some Facilities maintenance personnel for clearing snow from the sidewalks and building entrances.

Procedure for the College Closing, Canceling Classes and Other Activities

The Vice President of Administration and Finance will advise the President of storm conditions in the immediate area of the College, noting the status of public transportation, other private/public agency closings as well as the latest weather advisory. The President will then determine the necessity for closing the college and arrange for the broadcast of this information via the Rave Alert System and Twitter, as well as:


  • WBZ (1030 AM)
  • WRKO (680 AM)


  • WCVB (ABC5)
  • WHDH (NBC7)
  • WFXT (FOX25)

In addition to radio broadcasts, alerts will be sent out through the MassArt RAVE system, College-wide email, and official MassArt social media accounts.

Information will be given to the stations prior to 5:15am for an all day closing, by 12:00pm for an afternoon closing, and by 2:00pm for cancellation of evening activities. You may also call the College at 617.879.7000 to check the recorded message to find out if the College will be closed.

Graduate Programs and Continuing Education will be closed when day classes are closed. If, however, adverse weather conditions develop during the day, Graduate and Continuing Education personnel, in concert with the President, will determine if classes are to be cancelled. All such decisions will be made prior to 2:00pm.