The University will “close” because of severe winter weather when normal operation would pose a danger to students, staff and faculty (including Mohawk students at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences) while on campus or would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus or returning safely to their homes.

When the University is “closed”:

Every effort will be made to confirm a closing by 5:30 a.m. When a closing has been confirmed, it will be communicated via the McMaster homepage, Daily News and on the University’s social media sites: and and by Hamilton media (radio and television).

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for checking local media and the Daily News on stormy days.

If there is no specific announcement about McMaster being closed, then the University remains open.

Radio and television stations that may carry announcements regarding McMaster closing:

Download the full Storm Emergency Policy and Procedures (PDF).