Story updated on Sept. 5.
Hurricane Dorian caused minimal damage to the Jacksonville University campus, which reopened to welcome back students on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The Facilities Team cleaned up debris, removed downed trees and completed small repairs on Thursday.
Administrative offices open Friday, and classes resume Monday. With the Friday cancellation of classes, makeup time for one course meeting is required. Professors will issue makeup instructions or assignments with students on a class-by-class level. As a reminder, we have extended the add/drop period through the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 9.
Last Tuesday in preparation, Jacksonville University activated its Emergency Preparedness Team to monitor what has become Hurricane Dorian and prepare the campus for possible impacts. The Team coordinates regularly with the National Weather Service and mobilizes storm preparations and recovery.
Here are the actions has implemented with the help of the Emergency Preparedness Team:
- Canceled classes beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.
- Closed the campus for Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Distributed instructions to faculty, staff and students on preparing campus facilities for the storm.
- Activated a mandatory roll call for students living on campus to track their whereabouts and assess available space to accommodate other students seeking shelter during the storm.
- Provided links to helpful resources on the Weather Readiness website.
As the storm progressed, the Emergency Preparedness Team met regularly to assess whether to extend the campus closure. The Team provided updates to the university community through a combination of:
- Text Alerts
- Website (www.ju.edu/weather)
- The JU Mobile Safety App
- Electronic on-campus signage
- JU Social Media channels
The Emergency Preparedness Team welcomes feedback on its response and invites members of the University community to email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.