Provost, Senior Vice President Comment on Snow Challenges

Posted: February 1, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

The following message was sent out to all faculty and staff on Jan. 31:

To the Mason campus community, from Senior Vice President Morrie Scherrens and Provost Peter Stearns:

We are keenly aware that many Mason faculty, staff and students faced real challenges getting home on Wednesday and we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and anxiety many faced.

We want to remind the community that we make university closing decisions on the best possible timely information, but obviously this is an art and not a science. We have always attempted to make our decisions with the safety and welfare of our faculty, staff and students as highest priority, and we will continue to do so.

We know that, for all our best intentions, Wednesday turned out to be a mess, and we truly regret the situations that resulted.

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