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Norfolk State University strives to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors. This page will provide updates and resources for inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Update

NSU will reopen on Saturday, September 7 and resume classes and a normal operating schedule.

NSU Cancelling Thursday Evening Classes; Closed on Friday Due to Hurricane Dorian

Based on the National Weather Service forecasts indicating Hurricane Dorian will affect the Hampton Roads region later this week, the University will cancel evening classes on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will be closed on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The University will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 7.

All essential personnel should report to duty as normally scheduled unless advised otherwise by your supervisors. The essential personnel policy is found within the inclement weather policy

Parking During Hurricane Dorian

Due to potential flooding on campus, the NSU Police Department advises students with vehicles to park in Lot #20, which is adjacent to Gate 3 on the Corprew Avenue side of the Bowser Building. In addition, the City of Norfolk is offering parking at the following locations:

  • York Street Garage, 215 West York Street
  • Fountain Park Garage, 130 Bank Street
  • Main Street Garage, 230 East Main Street
  • Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street
  • West Plume Street Garage, 135 West Plume Street
  • Town Point Garage, 110 West Main Street

The garages will open for parking beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. Vehicles must be removed by noon, Saturday, Sept. 7. Please refrain from parking in reserved spaces. Norfolk State University and the City of Norfolk will not be responsible for any damages to vehicles parked in the garage. Parking in multi-level structures, however, reduces the risk of vehicles being damaged by potential flooding. Transportation will be provided for students when they drop off and pick up their vehicles.

If heavy flooding occurs throughout campus, do not attempt to move your vehicles or drive through any flooded streets on or off campus.

University officials are monitoring Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on the Hampton Roads region.  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:

Inclement Weather Policy

This policy covers the types of closings, essential personnel and other aspects of inclement weather.

  • 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.

  • Definitions

    Closed: 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 then the end of its regular business hours.

    Essential Personnel: Essential employees are exempt and non-exempt 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 have not been designated as essential during emergency conditions.

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