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DePaul University to reopen campuses, resume classes on Feb. 1

Campuses remain closed today, Jan. 31

CHICAGO — DePaul University campuses will reopen and classes will resume Friday, Feb. 1, after being closed since 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, due to a polar vortex that wrapped Chicago in historic subzero temperatures.

The Lincoln Park Student Center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center will remain open until 7 p.m. today and resume normal business hours tomorrow, Feb. 1. All other academic buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed this evening and reopen tomorrow, Feb. 1. Parking decks on the Lincoln Park Campus remain open.

Students should check with their professors to learn what arrangements will be made for making up the classes that were canceled, said Salma Ghanem, acting provost.

“Each faculty member handles the missing session in a variety of ways. Some will incorporate it into the remaining class sessions while others will add online components or even add a class session. It all depends on the nature of the course and the best way to accommodate the course material,” Ghanem noted.

During the winter quarter, students, faculty members and staff, especially those who are unaccustomed to Chicago weather, are reminded to wear layers when outside and plan extra time for getting around. The DePaul community also is asked to please check on friends and neighbors to make sure they remain safe in Chicago wintry conditions.

“We are grateful to Resident Advisors and staff who made sure alternative activities and food service were available for residential students on the Lincoln Park Campus. We are appreciative of the work of Facility Operations and Public Safety during the closure, as well as the efforts by other professional staff across the university,” said Jeff Bethke, executive vice president and CFO.

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