The extreme cold has prompted University of Michigan, in a rare move, to cancel classes Tuesday. Eastern Michigan, Oakland and Wayne State universities also have canceled classes or closed campuses.
U-M’s campus will remain open for staff and campus operations, said U-M spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham. The last time the campus closed was 1978, she said.
The cancellation, due to a wind chill expected to be as low as minus 30, includes classroom and laboratory instruction, officials said in a statement.
“The suspension of classes will help students avoid long campus walks and extended time waiting outdoors for bus transportation,” the school said.
Campus operations were expected to continue, staff were expected to report as usual and the U-M Health System was to remain open. Parking and Transportation Services were increasing bus frequency to help minimize wait times, U-M officials said.
Wayne State will be closed, and students, faculty and staff are instructed to check wayne.edu for updates, according to WSU’s website. Eastern will be closed Tuesday and classes will resume Wednesday, according to www.emich.edu. Oakland’s campus and extension center classes will be closed Tuesday and all events canceled, the university’s website said. Only essential services will be available.