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BREAKING NEWS: UW-Platteville closing tonight, closed Thursday
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UW–Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields announced that the university will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed to the public until Friday morning.

Shields said the safety of students, faculty and staff is his primary concern and urges all students, faculty and staff to make safety their priority as well.

In accordance with state statutes and delegated authority from the Board of Regents and the UW System President, the Chancellor declared a Level 2 emergency, which means classes are canceled and campus is closed to the public. Only essential personnel (i.e. residence life, dining, physical plant, police) are required to be on campus. Each employee is expected to use discretion in determining if travel is safe.  Supervisors are expected to honor the reasonable requests of employees to arrive late, leave early or remain away from campus because of inclement weather.  Policies direct that time away during regularly scheduled work hours be charged to accrued annual leave, personal leave or leave without pay. See for the full university policy.

Finals will be postponed from today at 7 p.m. until Friday morning. The last finals held today will be during the 5–7 p.m. time period.

For finals scheduled tonight and Thursday, alternate arrangements must be made between faculty and students. According to the university deans, options include arranging drop-in times on Friday, taking the exam on-line, waiving the exam and taking the grade earned to date. Regular exams will resume Friday at 8 a.m. No exams will be given on Saturday.

Other effects of the storm, which the National Weather Service is now predicting will dump 16.2 inches in the city, include:

• A snow emergency has been declared and will be in effect until Saturday. In a departure from a regular snow emergency, no parking will be allowed on College, Greenwood and University avenues  during this time. Instead, all residence lots will be open for vehicles, whether they have permits or not. In addition, any parking on Friday should be done in the lots to assist with the plowing of the streets around campus. Permits are not needed for Friday's parking in the lots.

• The university shuttle will cease operations tonight at 8 p.m. and will resume as scheduled (7 a.m.) Friday. The shopping loop is canceled for tonight as well.

• All academic buildings will be locked tonight at 8 p.m. through Friday morning. For those non-essential employees who chose to come to campus (although the university stresses that safety should be the first concern), they must make arrangements with their supervisors to be let in if they do not have keys. University Police MAY be available to let non-essential employees into buildings, but officer response time will be delayed given the conditions and the potential for higher priority calls. No students, including those with after-hour passes, will be let into academic buildings.

• Physical plant personnel will begin plowing tonight and evaluate after 8 p.m. tonight. Full plowing will begin again after 3 a.m. Thursday with priority given to roadways and main pedestrian malls.

The residence halls will remain open until 11 a.m. Saturday, and resident directors will be in the halls to assist students. Also to serve the students, Glenview Commons and the Markee Pioneer Student Center will remain open. The food service hours:

Today: All dining facilities will close at 8 p.m.

Rountree Commons dining closed all day
Hickory and Main closed all day
Platters open regular hours
Greenwood Avenue Market open 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Crossing open 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Rountree Commons dining closed all day
Hickory and Main closed all day
Platters open for breakfast and lunch
Greenwood Avenue Market open 7 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Crossing open 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.