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Current Status

February 20, 2020

NSU Canceling Thursday Evening Classes; Delayed Opening Friday Due to Winter Storm

Based on the National Weather Service forecasts of an impending winter storm that will affect the Hampton Roads region today, Thursday, February 20, the University will close at 4 p.m., canceling all classes and activities. The University will re-open at noon on Friday, February 21.

All essential personnel should report to duty as normally scheduled Thursday and Friday, unless advised otherwise by your supervisors. The essential personnel policy is found within the inclement weather policy (page 5, section IV).

Dining services are as follows:

  • Normal meal times today, Thursday, February 20, for students
  • Student Center dining to close at 4 p.m.
  • The Food Truck will operate until  6 p.m. today, February 20
  • Spartan Station and the Food Court will close tonight at 8:30 p.m.
  • For Friday, Feb. 21, Scott/Dozier dining will follow a brunch schedule

For University information regarding delays, closures or any announcements that may affect campus operations, please look for official updates via your University email at, NSU Alerts or by downloading the LiveSafe app.  You should also monitor local television stations for official NSU closing or delayed opening information. In addition, please follow NSU on Facebook and Twitter.  

Download LiveSafe to your phone through the following links:


In the event of an emergency, please contact the University Police Department at (757) 823—9000. Officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Policy Statement

Norfolk State University will authorize campus closings or delayed openings when hazardous weather conditions are predicted or occur that present a serious threat to the institution’s safe and efficient operation and the well-being and safety of its students and employees. The purpose of the policy is to establish procedures to close or cease portions of operations on- campus due to hazardous weather conditions and provide continuity of essential operations during inclement weather.  – Inclement Weather Policy


The University, including all departments, is closed; classes and all events are cancelled for that day and evening. Essential personnel are required to report on time for their regular work shift.

Delayed Opening
The University will open at a later time than the beginning of its regular business hours. Essential personnel are required to report on time for their regular work shift.

Early Closing
The University will close at a specific time that is earlier than the end of its regular business hours.

Essential Personnel
Essential personnel are employees who are required to work during an authorized closing because their positions have been designated as essential to agency operations during emergencies.

Non-Essential Personnel
Non-essential employees are those who are not required to work during an authorized closing because their position has not been designated as essential during emergency conditions.

Shelter in place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate.