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Canisius in the News

Francis Lazarus, chair of the presidential search committee for Canisius College, is quoted in a story by Business First about the search for the college’s new president.

To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

School Closings or Delays

Now that we have hit mid-November, we have reached the time when weather may impact our activities on campus. Please take a moment to review the college’s procedures and plans for communication of any impact of weather on normal college activities.

There are several possible options for altering the college’s normal operation due to weather:

  1. Cancellation of all in person classes; staff expected to report
  2. Closing the college; only essential operating personnel should report
  3. Delay of opening; essential operating personnel should report at normal time and other personnel should report once the college is open
  4. Early closing of the college

Decisions about changes to the college’s operations are based on evaluating the effects of current and forecasted conditions on the safety of students, faculty, and staff. There are generally two decision points each day – one in the early morning and a second in the afternoon.

Early Morning Decisions

The decision to close or delay the opening of the college will be made by a group that represents Facilities, Public Safety, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Business and Finance. This group will assess the current conditions, the weather forecast, and the likely effects on college operation and safety. Any decision to alter the normal operations of the college will be communicated to the Canisius community by 6:00 am through a through the following methods/outlets:

  • Canisius Website:
  • Canisius Portal:
  • Canisius Alert System
  • School Closing Information Line (888-3131)
  • TV Stations (Channel 2, WGRZ; Channel 4, WIVB; Channel 7, WKBW; Spectrum News 1)

 Afternoon Decisions

Daytime decisions for early dismissal or cancellation of remaining will be made no later than 2:30 p.m. If a decision is made to cancel evening classes (classes beginning after 4:00 p.m.), it will be communicated no later than 2:45 p.m. via the methods/outlets listed above.

Additional Considerations

Cancellation During Final Exam Period

This year, undergraduate final exams are December 13 to 17 (Monday through Friday), and graduate final exams are December 13 to 18 (Monday through Saturday). If classes are cancelled for a day during the final exam period, the closing announcement will include information about the rescheduled exams, which will generally occur on Saturday, December 18 for weekday exams and on Sunday, December 19 for Saturday exams. The college will not cancel exams unless there is a driving ban in Buffalo.

Individual Class Cancellations

Individual course instructors may cancel or choose to hold specific courses remotely when the college is operating normally.  Full-time faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or the class listproc.  Department chairs may request notification of any unplanned individual class changes.  Adjunct faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or class listproc as well as inform their department chair.  Faculty should specify their planned cancellation procedure in their syllabus. Students have a duty to regularly check their D2L email feature and any communication from their instructors.

Campus Events and Other Offices

For campus events during evening hours, weekends and holidays, please see the attached Severe Weather Cancellation Procedures for Campus Events from the office of Events Services for directions. Except under special circumstances, The Women’s Business Center and the Center for Professional Development will follow the decision made by the main campus. Admissions (888-2200) and Alumni Relations will control any scheduled weekend events. The library may still be open even if the college is closed. Please check the library’s website for library hours at

Event Cancellations Due to Severe Weather Policy

Academic Preparedness

Faculty are encouraged to consult the Academic Preparedness Guide, which presents ways that professors can use online resources to replace classroom class sessions, rather than lose time and force adjustments to course schedules.

Important Numbers

Main Switchboard: 716-883-7000

Public Safety (Watch Commander): 716-888-2330

NYS Thruway (Radio 1610 AM) 1-800-847-8929

School Closing Information Line: 716-888-3131

Canisius Alert System

If you have not signed up for the Canisius Alert System, please sign up at under the Campus Services quick links. You may choose to receive notifications by text, phone call, and/or email.

Related Policies

College Closing and Class Cancellation Policy

Event Cancellations Due to Severe Weather Policy

Staff Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy

Please visit the Academic Affairs Wiki page for further details on this policy.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs


Live Well, Work Well – Decrease your Brain Age

The above article from Lawley Insurance Group covers some fun ways to ensure your brain stays young. From learning a new recipe to simply laughing more often, keeping your brain stimulated and active does not have to become yet another chore on your to-do list.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

ThankFul November 18th

ThankFul Update:

Chartwells Higher Ed, Canisius USA and Canisius RHA are teaming up to host ThankFul Sit Down Dinner on Thursday November 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a take on the annual faculty served Thanksgiving meal, where faculty come together with our Chartwells team to serve guests dinner.

We are looking for faculty volunteers to sign up for this unique event. To sign up please click on the following link.

We are looking for a lot of volunteers, so please sign up if you are available.

Thank-Ful is a campus-wide friendsgiving event focused on celebrating togetherness, expressing gratitude and giving back to the Buffalo community. This event is going to highlight the fact that we are back on campus and celebrating together as the Canisius community. 

Submitted by: Aaron Abruzzino, marketing manager, Chartwells Higher Ed



A Mini-Exhibition by the ICMS

The faculty and staff of the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies will showcase some favorite items from their personal collections in a one-day mini-exhibition. These items hold personal meaning to the donors and we want to share them with the Canisius community.

Visit our display in the library, next to the reception desk, on Tuesday, November 16th, between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media & website administrator, ICMS