Tuesday, November 29: Nanaimo, Cowichan and Parksville Closed for evening classes

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November 29, 2022 - 2:00pm

Tuesday, November 29, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses, and Parksville Centre are Closed today (Tuesday, November 29, 2022) as of 5:30 pm for evening classes due to severe weather. 

The tiwšɛmawtxʷ  Campus, Deep Bay Marine Field Station, and Milner Gardens & Woodland are closed this evening as regularly scheduled. 

Note: Campus closure days are regular workday/learning days unless the work/learning performed is on campus and cannot be performed remotely.

If you are unable to continue to work or study remotely on a snow closure day due to other obligations, please contact your supervisor or your instructor to discuss options. 

Facilities that will remain open on the Nanaimo campus during the closure include: 

  • The Library Commons (card ID access only) 
  • VIU Residences  


The next update will be at 6:30 am for the status of tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30. Please do not travel to VIU until you receive this update. The forecast is calling for above freezing temperatures and rain all night, however we cannot yet determine if campuses will remain closed. Please make sure you check the channels listed below before travelling to campus.   

The VIU Safety App provides the latest updates and information. To receive push/screen notifications from the VIU Safety App, go to your phone’s settings, scroll down and click on “VIU Safety”, and then enable “Allow Notifications”. 

After the VIU Safety App is updated, information is shared via:  

  • the main VIU website (www.viu.ca
  • employee and student email.
  • the University’s Facebook and Twitter platforms (viuniversityviunews, @VIUniversity, @viunews) 

Re-Opening Information


If your campus re-opens and you are unable to report to work or will be late to work because of ongoing inclement weather conditions and/or you have dependents affected by lack of childcare 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. 


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 travel if your campus is open. If you are not able to safely travel to campus, students are asked to let their instructors know and work with your instructor for accommodations for missed work and exams due to severe weather.  

More Information

For more information, see VIU’s Severe Weather Procedures.  

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