Students at Temple’s main campus are suiting up, slipping on their gloves, and bracing for the worst. Meteorologists say that this winter will be a bitterly cold one, and so far the temperatures are proving that.
During this past spring semester, Temple had two delayed openings, two closures, and one early dismissal day due to inclement weather.
68 inches of snowfall were recorded last year, the second largest Philadelphia, behind 78.5 inches from winter 2009-2010 .
Temple dismissed students early on Jan. 21, 2014, the day classes resumed from winter break and many students and staff members crammed Temple’s SEPTA regional rail platform and wouldn’t reach their destinations for at least two hours.
Junior Steven Godwin was on main campus on Jan. 21 and said it was difficult to travel.
“A couple times where my train got canceled, I basically had to get a different way to Temple’s campus,” Godwin said. “Luckily the professors understood and they were right with me.”
Heading into 2014 fall break, temperatures cool into the thirties and forties and the potential for snow returns.
In response to disrupting university operations for inclement weather, Temple’s Board of Trustees places the decisions in the hands of a university official.
“The Senior Vice President or senior officer designated by the President is responsible for making decision regarding the operating status of the university at one or all campuses,” the policy reads. “The senior officer will consult with the appropriate administrators or their designees in deciding to close a campus and/or cancel classes.”
On the first day of the fall 2011 semester, Temple was the only Philadelphia post-secondary school to operate during Hurricane Irene and all but two SEPTA regional rail lines were suspended until the afternoon.
Temple closed all campuses on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, 2012, in anticipation of heavy winds and flooding from Superstorm Sandy.