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Update on Campus Operations/Massachusetts – Testing Open on Sunday


The National Weather Service has updated its winter storm warning and is now predicting blizzard-like conditions to affect New England, beginning late Friday night and intensifying over the course of Saturday. The anticipated snow accumulation figures for the Greater Boston area now stand at 18-24 inches, with expected wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour.

The safety of our community is our most important priority. Based on the current forecasts the university made the decision that all in-person classes scheduled for Saturday will meet remotely. Faculty members who need technical assistance with moving instruction online should reference the Digital Flexibility article, which provides instructions for Zoom meetings and contains links to Canvas support for after-hours questions.

Our dedicated Facilities crews will be working around the clock to maintain a safe campus for those in our community who live on campus or have job functions that require them to be on site.

Here are a few important updates to campus operations in Boston this weekend:

  • Cabot Testing Center will suspend operations on Saturday. Instead, CABOT WILL BE OPEN ON SUNDAY WITH EXTENDED HOURS, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
    • If you have already scheduled a test for Saturday and would like to test on Sunday, Cabot staff will honor that appointment on Sunday, so you do not need to reschedule.
    • If you would like to make a new testing appointment for Sunday, please note that the Test Scheduler will still display Saturday dates and times—do not worry, all newly scheduled appointments under Saturday will be honored on Sunday. The Wellness Team will send out further information later today.
  • Dining Halls will remain open.
  • Marino and Squashbusters will suspend in-person operations on Saturday.
  • Snell Library will suspend in-person operations on Saturday.
  • Curry Student Center will be open for its usual business hours (8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET on Saturday), except for the food court.
  • The tents on campus and the Bubble on Carter Field will close late on Friday night due to the anticipated high winds and will remain closed on Saturday.

The Roux Institute in Portland, Maine, will also suspend its in-person operations on Saturday. All other campuses in Northeastern’s global network will be open and operational as they are not affected by this storm system.

The university monitors the weather closely and will provide updates to the campus community via email, social media, and the university homepage. All updates and information can also be found at

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