Sunday, August 27, 2017

UTSA campuses closed through the weekend

UTSA campuses closed through the weekend

(Aug. 26, 2017, Updated 12:15 p.m. CT) -- Interim UTSA President Dr. Pedro Reyes, acting on the recommendation of his leadership team and with input from various university departments, announced that all three UTSA campuses – Main, Downtown and Hemisfair – will close as of 5 p.m. Friday, August 25 in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey. The storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

All evening and weekend classes, programs and events scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday are canceled or postponed.

Throughout the weekend, UTSA leaders will continue to monitor the hurricane’s impact and determine whether campus closures will need to be extended into Monday, August 28.

Members of the university community are encouraged to use their best independent judgment when assessing travel to and from UTSA campuses. Additionally, students should contact their professors and instructors directly to discuss any questions they have about class attendance and assignments.

During the university’s closure, employees assigned to critical functions within police, facilities and other emergency support roles will remain on duty. Additionally, the Roadrunner Café on the UTSA Main Campus will continue operating on a regular schedule throughout the weekend to accommodate on-campus residents.

“Regardless of Harvey’s landfall, it is clear that there is a high risk of potentially catastrophic rainfall and flooding in San Antonio,” said Reyes. “Out of an abundance of caution, we want our faculty, staff and students to be in a safe place and off the road before dark on Friday, ahead of the storm’s impact.”

During the closure, and while severe weather remains in the San Antonio area, UTSA will provide updates to the campus community at: 

Current summary of conditions from the National Hurricane Center: 

  • Harvey is now a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 73 m.p.h. near the center in DeWitt County.
  • Bexar County and San Antonio remain under a Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch.
  • The effects of Harvey are currently being experienced in Bexar County, which could include wind gusts of up to 65 m.p.h. throughout Saturday afternoon and evening.
  • Sustained winds of 30-50 m.p.h. are expected in San Antonio during the weekend. The city is forecast to receive up to 5-10 inches of rain.

The UTSA community should stay attentive to the rapidly changing weather conditions and monitor the university’s official social media channels and for updates. 

For more information about Hurricane Harvey, visit the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center.

Receive timely updates on Harvey and how it could impact university operations on UTSA’s Facebook, Twitter, UTSA Today, UTSA Alerts and 210-458-SNOW.