CHICAGO — DePaul University is canceling all classes, including classes taught on any off campus locations, through Thursday, Jan. 31, due to extreme cold weather conditions. The university previously announced that classes would be canceled and both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses would be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29, continuing all day Wednesday, Jan. 30.
With a frigid forecast of minus 17 Thursday morning, the university is extending the campus closure and class cancellation through Thursday.
“At this time, there is every anticipation that we will reopen on a regular schedule Friday morning,” said Jeff Bethke, executive vice president and CFO.
The university announced on Monday that with a forecast of extreme cold weather conditions predicted for the Chicago area by the National Weather Service, it was canceling classes for Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, and all day Wednesday, Jan. 30. Both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses would be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Employees, except those in essential roles, would not need to report to work. That decision now extends through Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Lincoln Park Student Center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center will remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. All other academic buildings will close at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Lincoln Park Student Center will be open and accessible between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. for food service for residential students and other campus community members. The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days as well. The parking decks on the Lincoln Park Campus will be open.
The men’s basketball game against Villanova is still planned for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Wintrust Arena Wednesday.
All other academic buildings, including the libraries, will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31. Please check directly with tenants in DePaul buildings on whether they will be open.
We are asking students, faculty and staff to please check on neighbors and friends to make sure they remain safe in light of this record-breaking cold.