October 29, 2012
For the second day in a row -- and for just the fourth time in a decade -- the University of Virginia has canceled classes in response to the anticipated affects of the former Hurricane Sandy.
Conditions on grounds late Monday night weren't bad, with light rain and winds. But the university was anticipating the affects of the former hurricane later in the night.
A spokesman for the university says the ultimate decision comes from President Teresa Sullivan, and he said she did not make this decision lightly.
"I know it's her preference to not cancel classes, but there are several things at play, including the governor ordered executive branch offices closed and the school systems in central Virginia all pretty much canceled classes, as well," UVa. spokesman McGregor McCance said.
The university closed for weather-related purposes once in 2003 and another time in 2010, aside from the two cancellations this week.
In the announcement of the canceled classes, Sullivan urged students to use the extra day to catch up on reading or homework.