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The University of Rhode Island works to provide safe and healthy campuses for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This Alert page is where community members will find factual and timely information related to emergency situations, power outages, weather alerts and other campus notices.

Current Status

February 5, 2016

Power: A power outage in Kingston Village may be affecting Fraternity Circle, the Women’s Center, Gateway Apartments, Grad Village, Police Station, and a few other facilities. National Grid estimates restoration of power by 4:30 p.m. 

We urge all residents to limit opening and closing doorways in order to retain building heat. While we do not encourage anyone to travel on the roads during severe inclement weather, you can visit the Memorial Union which will be open until 12 a.m. (midnight). The URI Library will be closing at 5 p.m., however the 24-hour room will remain open.

If a prolonged outage is anticipated, residents will be notified on proper action to take. Additionally you can visit www.ready.gov/power-outage for some basic power outage awareness and preparedness.

Classes: All classes at all campuses are canceled.
All online classes are being held as scheduled.
URI Library will close at 5 p.m. today.

Dining Services: Butterfield Dining Hall and Hope Dining Hall will be open normal operating hours. Retail dining locations will open as student staffing allows. Most catering functions will be canceled.

A partial parking ban is in effect on the Kingston Campus from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

URI offices remain open
All non-essential staff who wish to stay at home will be required to discharge time under the inclement weather protocol, if they wish to be compensated. Please see the Department of Administration Division of Human Resources website at www.hr.ri.gov for additional information.

Please be prepared for slippery driving and walking conditions on- and off-campus during the morning commute and throughout the day today. As weather and driving conditions may vary widely across the region, the University urges individuals to use their best judgment in deciding whether it is safe to travel to campus.

Partial Parking Ban Means …

No Parking on Upper College Road, Lower College Road, East Alumni Avenue, or Flagg Road.
Approved Parking: With parking permits students may park in any student lot; faculty and staff may park in appropriate lots. Vehicles parked in an area where no parking is permitted during a partial parking ban will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
Resident students are asked to park their cars in the Dairy Barn/West Alumni or the Flagg Road parking lots.


  • Facilities Operations (401) 874-4060
  • Parking Information: (401) 874-9281 (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Public Safety (401) 874-4910, 24 hours/day, seven days/week
  • Updates: Office of Emergency Management @RhodyReady

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