Campus closure? Here’s how you’ll know

January 21, 2021
RRU Staff

It’s that time of year — the possibility of snow or severe storms on South Vancouver Island. In the event of an extended power outage, significant snowfall or other severe weather emergencies that make it unsafe to travel on or to the Royal Roads University may require campus closures for safety reasons.

How you'll know campus is closed

Here's how you can find out about a snow closure:

  • Email: an email bulletin to all employees and on-campus students, including students staying in residence
  • Website: a news item on the Royal Roads website
  • Crossroads: a news item in Crossroads
  • Social media: posts on the university's Twitter and Facebook pages, and in the Royal Roads University Alerts Facebook group
  • Phone message: a recorded voicemail message on the main phone line
  • Radio: notifications on local radio stations
  • Reader board: an update on the main digital reader board at the front entrance to campus (if there is power)

The same channels will be used to communicate when the campus reopens.

Whenever possible, the campus community will be notified of a closure by 6:30 a.m.

What to do if it’s too slippery to get up the hill

In the event of heavy snow or ice, it may be difficult to make it up the University Drive hill to get back to Sooke Road. Communications to the campus and broader community will include instructions about the safest way to exit the campus. Based on prior years’ experiences, it may be prudent to depart through Belmont Park. This map of the campus and local community shows a possible route if such a closure is required.