All campuses open today (Friday, January 7)

Severe Weather Closure

January 7, 2022 - 6:15am

January 7, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s campuses and locations are open for regular business today (Friday, January 7, 2022). 

Please use caution when travelling to and from our locations and while navigating VIU grounds and be prepared for winter conditions with icy spots and slush.


We know our region has many micro-climates and accumulation can vary dramatically. If you are unable to report to work or will be late to work because of inclement weather conditions in your area and/or you have dependents affected by school or day care closures and alternative arrangements cannot be made, please contact your manager/department lead. We encourage you to use your discretion and work with your manager to make alternate work arrangements. People with mobility challenges or known medical conditions that may be exacerbated by a fall due to slippery conditions/weather conditions on campus may wish to evaluate their individual circumstance with their manager prior to coming to campus. 

If you cannot make it to campus and are unable to work from home, normally you have the option of either:

  • Taking a vacation day. 
  • Making up the time.  
  • Using lieu time (where applicable). 
  • Taking leave without pay.      


While VIU delayed the start of classes until January 10, there were some exceptions in the case of students who had practicums or other activities that could not be delayed, so we are including students in the announcement about campuses reopening. We know our region has many micro-climates and snow accumulation can vary dramatically. Students are asked to use their best judgment when deciding if they are able to come in if the campus is open. If they are not able to come in, students are asked to let their instructors know and accommodations will be made for missed work and exams.  


For more information on what happens when it snows, visit VIU’s Severe Weather Procedures page.  

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