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Weather Advisory

Tuesday, September 26, 10 p.m.

Hurricane Ian Update: Saint Leo cancels classes for select locations, prepares to shelter at University Campus

Class Cancellations
Saint Leo University has made the decision to cancel classes from Wednesday, September 28, through Friday, September 30, for University Campus and all education center locations, with the exception of the Corpus Christi and Columbus education centers, which will remain open for on-ground classes.

During this time, faculty and staff should continue to work from home if their positions and weather conditions allow. Should employees have difficulty working from home, they should notify their supervisors.

University Campus Students: Preparing to Shelter
Saint Leo University will begin sheltering all students who have chosen to stay on campus at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. Residence Life staff will assign students to shelter in one of the three designated buildings on campus. Residential campus students must check into their designated shelter building during the following times:

  • Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • First-Year Students and Sophomores: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served in the Dining Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to have dinner during this time, prior to going into the shelter, as only snacks will be available in the evening.

University Safety will be checking each residence hall room to make sure students have evacuated. During the storm, ID access to the residence halls will be deactivated and power will be turned off to the buildings.  It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to be anywhere on campus except for your designated shelter.

As a reminder, students are asked to bring the following items with them to the shelters:

  • One pillow and blanket
  • A small overnight bag or backpack with clothes, necessary medication, and personal hygiene products
  • One personal electronic item (such as a laptop or tablet)
  • Emotional support animals must be crated and are kept in a separate building.

Saint Leo University appreciates the cooperation of students, staff, and faculty during this challenging  time. The university has weathered many storms throughout its more than 130-year-history and will do so again thanks to support of all those who are a part of our university community.

Students who have questions about sheltering on campus should speak with their resident assistant or Residence Life staff.

For the Latest Information

Please be sure to check the Saint Leo University website, email, and social media channels for additional information. Students and employees may also download the Everbridge app (Apple App or Google Play) to receive timely updates on their mobile devices.

Past Weather Updates

Monday, September 26 | noon ET

Shelter information for University Campus students

In preparation for Hurricane Ian, the Saint Leo University Emergency Management Team plans to activate the university’s shelter locations tomorrow afternoon for all students residing on campus during the storm. Students will be assigned to one of three shelter locations: the Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Edward Hall, or Lewis Hall.

Students will need to bring the following with them into the shelters:

  • One pillow and blanket
  • A small overnight bag or backpack with clothes, necessary medication, and personal hygiene products
  • One personal electronic item (such as a laptop or tablet)
  • Emotional support animals must be crated and are kept in a separate building.

Once the shelter has been activated, students will not be permitted to leave the shelter until the university receives an all-clear that the storm has passed. All meals will be provided in the shelter.

The Dining Hall will all operate as normal today with Fuz closing at 5 p.m. The Wellness Center will close at 1 p.m. today and remain closed throughout the week.

University Campus students who have the option to travel home or stay with friends are strongly encouraged to do so. We encourage students who will be traveling to do so as soon as possible to avoid the travel congestion associated with hurricane evacuations.

Please help the university identify if you are staying on campus for the duration of the storm or if you plan to leave campus and seek arrangements with family and friends. Use the Student Storm Tracker, available at https://slu-residence.symplicity.com/index.php/pid485843, to update your information. The username is your Saint Leo email address, and the password is the same as your current portal password.

Please note, University Campus commuter students are not permitted to shelter on campus during the storm.

For the Latest Information

Please be sure to check the Saint Leo University website, email, and social media channels for additional information. Students and employees may also download the Everbridge app (Apple App or Google Play) to receive timely updates on their mobile devices.

Sunday, September 25 | 9:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Storm Update: Saint Leo moves to online classes

In response to Tropical Storm Ian, Saint Leo University has made the decision to move to online classes from Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30, for all University Campus and education center locations, with the exception of the Corpus Christi Education Center.

During this challenging time, flexibility will be provided and consideration for course assignments and deadlines will be taken into account for students living in areas affected by the storm. Students who are facing issues in attending classes or completing assignments should contact their instructors. Faculty may also be impacted by the storm, so please be patient with any delays in responses.

Please note that university closures may be announced based on changes in the storm’s forecast. Please be sure to check the university’s website for updates.

Information for University Campus Students

University Campus students who have the option to travel home or stay with friends are strongly encouraged to do so. In hurricane conditions, students who live in the residence halls at University Campus are relocated to three primary buildings, which serve as hurricane shelters. Students will be housed in classrooms and hallways for the duration of the storm. Students are permitted a pillow, blanket, and backpack. Emotional support animals must be crated and are kept in a separate building. We encourage students who will be traveling to do so as soon as possible to avoid the travel congestion associated with hurricane evacuations. Faculty have been asked to be flexible with absences and due dates during the storm.

Please help the university identify if you are staying on campus for the duration of the storm or if you plan to leave campus and seek arrangements with family and friends. Use the Student Storm Tracker, available at https://slu-residence.symplicity.com/index.php/pid485843, to update your information. The username is your Saint Leo email address, and the password is the same as your current portal password. Please note, University Campus commuter students are not permitted to shelter on campus during the storm.

Information for Employees

All faculty and staff should report to work on Monday, September 26, to secure their belongings and office space. Employees will either be asked to work from home starting at noon on September 26 through Friday, September 30, or will need to mark their timecards as “University Closure” if non-exempt (hourly), using these instructions. Employees who are designated as essential personnel should  continue to work on campus on Monday and speak with their supervisors for more information.

Note: University Campus is not a designated shelter for faculty, staff, or the public. Only designated essential personnel will be able to stay on campus during the storm. If you are unsure of whether or not you are essential personnel, please check with your supervisor.

In preparation for the storm, faculty and staff at all potentially impacted locations are asked to take the following steps to secure your work area before leaving:

  • Unplug and cover any computers or electrical devices in your office with plastic or garbage bags to prevent water damage.  These are being distributed by plant operations at University Campus. 
  • Move objects away from your office windows.
  • Ensure your windows are closed tightly and locked. Close your blinds.

Information for Online Students

If you are an online student who lives in an area affected by the storm, know that flexibility will be exercised and consideration for course assignments and deadlines will be taken into account. Please refer to your course syllabi provided for each of your classes to remain current in your work.

Depending on your location, you can keep up to date with your classwork through D2L when the storm is not imminent. You can access information on your online or on-ground classes in the D2L course shell located in LionsShare by clicking on “Courses.” If you, your instructors, or your location is closed or unavailable, D2L will be updated to include changes to your coursework and assignments that you may complete.

For those of you in non-affected areas, please stay up to date on your coursework and utilize the resources via D2L. For those affected by the hurricane, stay safe and know that your instructors will be working with you throughout this time.

Students Deployed during Tropical Storm Ian

We recognize that many of our students are likely to be deployed to provide assistance during and after the storm across the impacted areas. The university deeply respects and appreciates the service of our military members, reservists, first responders, and all others who provide aid and recovery assistance throughout this weather event. Our faculty and staff are prepared to work with you to provide flexibility and assistance to support your studies. Please stay safe and know that our prayers will be with you and those you serve in the coming days. 

For the Latest Information

Please be sure to check the Saint Leo University website, email, and social media channels for additional information. Students and employees may also download the Everbridge app (Apple App or Google Play) to receive timely updates on their mobile devices.

Saturday, September 24 | 4 p.m. ET

Update on Tropical Storm Ian

Saint Leo University is continuing to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Ian in partnership with local, regional, and national emergency management agencies. At this time, there are no changes to university operations, and all locations are operating as usual.

The university’s emergency management team is meeting daily. The university will issue its next update about Tropical Storm Ian tomorrow afternoon after consultation with emergency management authorities about the continued predictions of the possible storm path.

The university recognizes that this may be a challenging time for students and families as they prepare for the storm. Please know that flexibility will be provided and consideration for course assignments and deadlines will be taken into account for students living in areas affected by the storm. Students who are facing issues in attending classes or completing assignments should contact their instructors. University students may choose to return home prior to an official university decision about campus operations.  Those who do so are urged to contact their faculty about possible remote class attendance and/or make-up work.

Faculty should take preparations now to teach online should it become necessary, and both faculty and staff should begin to prepare their areas in the event of closures due to the storm.

Please be sure to check the Saint Leo University website, email,and social media channels for additional information. Studentsand employees may also download the Everbridge app (Apple App or Google Play) to receive timely updates on their mobile devices.

Friday, September 23 | 2:30 p.m. ET

Monitoring Tropical Depression Nine

Saint Leo University is closely monitoring the projected path of Tropical Depression Nine as it makes its way across the central Caribbean Sea. National Hurricane Center reports anticipate the system will turn northwest this weekend and intensify as it enters the southeastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

At this time, Saint Leo University classes and business operations on all campus and education center locations are operating as scheduled.

The university will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Nine in partnership with appropriate agencies into the weekend. Additional updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

Look for information to be shared via the Saint Leo University website, email, and social media channels. Students and employees may also download the Everbridge app (Apple App or Google Play) to receive timely updates on their mobile devices.