Severe Weather Policy

UMass Lowell (UML) is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. When deciding whether to close the campus due to extreme weather conditions, university officials consider many factors, including the condition of roads and streets on campus and in the surrounding areas, power outages, weather forecasts and other safety factors. University officials also consult with local and state public safety and emergency management agencies to make the most informed decisions possible. We trust that all members of the university community will use their best judgment about travel during inclement weather and communicate with faculty or supervisors about their situations.

Cancellation Information

The UMass Lowell website is the primary location for all updates on university operations during closures. To receive e-mail or text messages about weather-related cancellations, sign up for alerts. You may also call 978-934-2121 or ext. 4-2121 for information. Cancellations will also be posted on UMass Lowell's Twitter. Below is general closing information and subject to change.


Check the River Hawks website for any schedule changes.

Campus Recreation Center

When the university is closed, the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) and Riverview Fitness Center (RFC) will publicize changes to their hours on the Campus Recreation website. Follow UML Campus Recreation on Instagram to receive facility hours updates as they become available.

Campus Transportation Services

For the safety of drivers and passengers, Campus Transportation, including university buses and shuttles, does not operate when the university is closed due to weather conditions. Follow Transportation Services on Twitter for updates.

River Hawk Shop

Information on whether the River Hawk Shop is closed or has modified hours of operation is available by calling 978-934-2623.

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

For information about whether an event at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell will be held as scheduled, please call 978-934-5760.

UMass Lowell Libraries

The library is closed when the campus is closed. For more information about library hours of operation, visit the UML Library website. The library has many online databases, from large multidisciplinary collections to small subject-specific options, available for use.


Visit the campus dining website for food outlets that are open during school closures.

Parking Bans

In the event of a snow emergency, the university may invoke an on-campus parking ban to allow for plowing of university lots. Note the roof levels of all parking garages are closed or partially closed.

For City of Lowell parking ban information, visit the city's website or follow Lowell Police on Twitter. Note that city parking bans impact parking along Father Morissette Boulevard.

Get UML Alerts

UMass Lowell (UML) Alerts text messages provide information about campus emergencies, storms or facility impacts.