New Year Begins Amid Travel Concerns


Returning to Ann Arbor for the beginning of winter semester, sometimes from great distances, many students are facing severe travel difficulties resulting from Sunday’s snow storm and record cold temperatures.

Adding to these concerns is whether or not they’ll be able to attend their first class meetings, beginning Wednesday, January 8.

But U-M Provost Martha Pollack, in a recently released statement, asks faculty to accommodate students who are delayed:

“In light of the severe weather, I have asked faculty to accommodate students who cannot return to campus for their first class meetings. This means students will not be dropped from a class they are unable to attend, and will be given any necessary class material when they return to campus." (Full article in the University Record)

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald advises students to stay in touch with instructors about their status as they return to campus.

“What we’ve learned in the past is that professors are very much understanding of those situations that are out of the control of students.” (Full article in the Michigan Daily)

In the meantime, U-M Grounds Services has been working diligently in record-setting wind chills to clear roads, parking lots, and pedestrian walkways to accommodate returning students, faculty, and staff.