Posted on August 29, 2019August 30, 2019 by Susan Hicks*UCF Alert* Hurricane Dorian: UCF to Close Starting at 5 p.m. Friday (8/30) Posted: 8/29/2019In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s expected impact on Central Florida, UCF will close starting at 5 p.m. Friday. The university will remain closed through at least Tuesday, Sept. 3. UCF will assess conditions on campus and throughout the region following the storm’s expected impact. UCF will only reopen when it is safe to do so, and decisions also will consider other factors, such as damage and power loss throughout the region. The university will share updated information regularly through its website and social media feeds. This closure affects all UCF campuses and locations, including UCF Downtown, the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, the Rosen College and all UCF Connect regional campuses. The closure means that all academic assignments, including all classes with online components, are suspended until the university reopens. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take all necessary precautions at this time and review their personal hurricane safety plans. Student, Student Housing, and Ride Out Location Information: With a few days’ notice before the storm’s expected impact on Central Florida, students who live on campus are encouraged to stay at safe off-campus locations beginning no later than noon Sunday, Sept. 1. Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus. For students who live on the main campus, at UCF Downtown or at the Rosen College who chose to remain, ride out plans will be as follows: Students living at the Towers, NorthView, UnionWest (Downtown) and Rosen College will be allowed to remain in their rooms. Students who live in the following locations will be required to move to a ride-out location at the Education Complex that will open Sunday afternoon: • On-campus Greek Housing • Libra, Apollo, and Lake Claire • Nike, Hercules and Neptune Shuttles will be available to take students to the ride-out location on Sunday. More information will be provided later today directly to the on-campus residents who indicated they will utilize ride-out locations. No families, friends or non-service or emotional support animals will be allowed to ride out the storm in UCF residence halls or ride-out locations. Because of possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian, UCF cannot guarantee comforts such as power, water, food and medical assistance on campus. As a reminder, the university does not serve as a public shelter during hurricanes. Students who live in off-campus housing – including UCF-affiliated housing — and UCF employees will not have access to campus ride-out locations, but we will share local shelter information as it becomes available. Students who live on campus may leave their vehicle parked on campus as their permit allows. Students will be permitted to leave their ride-out location or residence hall once campus is deemed safe. Those who evacuated campus also will be allowed to return to their residence hall once the campus all-clear has been given. Employee Information:Some essential and critical employees will be required to work after the university closes operations. Employees should speak with their supervisor concerning essential operations. Supervisors are encouraged to ensure employees who may need to work during the storm have adequate time to prepare their homes and help loved ones prepare for the storm. For Continuous Updates:UCF will monitor the hurricane and share more information about campus closures and openings as information is available. Regular updates will be shared on UCF’s website, www.ucf.edu, and through UCF and the UCF Police Department’s social media accounts, primarily Facebook and Twitter (@UCFand @UCFPolice).