UVic closed due to snow

Campus News

Wellness week event with Jordin Tootoo postponed

Small, Calvin and Hobbes-style army snowpeople. Photo by Anna Dodd

On the morning of Jan. 15, UVic students awoke to a rare surprise — the University of Victoria announced that it closed for the day due to snow.

“Due to snow overnight, classes are cancelled and the University of Victoria is closed today,” said the university in a statement on their website.

UVic’s keynote event for Wellness Week scheduled for tonight, “An Evening with Jordin Tootoo,” has been postponed. It has yet to be announced when the event featuring Tootoo, the first Inuk to play in the NHL, will be rescheduled.

Following UVic’s closure, the UVSS announced that this week’s clubs and course union days are canceled. In an email to the clubs and course unions on campus, Victoria Eaton, Director of Student Affairs, apologized for any inconvenience this may cause.

One factor that impacts the university’s decision to close is BC Transit service disruptions or delays. Several of the bus routes are canceled or detoured today, and all busses are expected to run late.

The first hint of closure came Tuesday evening, when UVic announced a snowfall warning. While the university remained open on Jan. 14, Camosun College and Royal Roads University both cancelled classes starting in the afternoon. Both post-secondary schools are also closed today.