Information for Students

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How we'll contact you

University officials closely monitor tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.  Detailed tracking begins early in the development of a storm.

Jacksonville University will communicate to students through the following methods:

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University Operations: Cancellations and Evacuations

Depending on the severity of the emergency, Jacksonville University may choose to cancel classes while maintaining essential operations on campus. Please familiarize yourself with the campus procedures that may take effect in the event of a severe weather emergency.

Classes Cancelled

  • The Provost and Chief Academic Affairs Officer will determine the cancellation of classes. Please check the University web site and University email for information related to class cancellations.
  • Residential facilities will remain open.

University Closed

  • All classes will be canceled, and business operations will cease.
  • If possible, JU may keep open portions of the residential facilities and essential University operations.

Voluntary Evacuation

  • When a voluntary evacuation is issued for Duval County, a voluntary evacuation may also be issued for Jacksonville University students.
  • Students will be encouraged to evacuate campus. Students who are unable to travel home will be provided with alternative housing options through the Residential Life Office. Depending on the severity of the storm, students may be asked to relocate to Oak Hall.
  • Students will be allowed to drive home when the hurricane is far from landfall and weather conditions permit.  Students who are not traveling to their permanent residence are expected to notify their parents of their whereabouts and complete the emergency contact information form located on DolphinLink.
  • All students should take all of their notes, course syllabi, assignments, books and additional course materials.  Faculty expect you to continue studying for your courses during an evacuation.
  • University personnel such as Campus Security, maintenance workers, and their supervisors will continue to be on duty during these storms.  Campus officials are in constant contact with local, county and state emergency managers.

Mandatory Evacuation

In the rare occasion that a mandatory evacuation is issued for a hurricane:

  • Students will be allowed several hours of safe driving time in daylight hours before expected landfall.
  • Students who are not traveling to their permanent residence are expected to notify their parents and/or out-of-state relative or friend to advise them of their whereabouts and contact information. Students are required to complete the emergency contact information form located on DolphinLink. Please print this form and provide a copy to your RA before leaving.
  • The Student Life office will help coordinate temporary housing for those students who are unable to travel home.  Students should immediately contact (904) 256-7067 for assistance with accommodations.

Remember, it could take several days to provide a safe environment on campus after a hurricane or major storm.  While away from campus, all students should continually monitor the JU Homepage for information and instructions for returning after the storm.  Please do not return to campus until instructions have been issued.

University Reopening

  • Students, faculty, staff and community traffic will be allowed back on campus.
  • Some or all business operations and processes will resume.
  • Classes may or may not resume.
  • Residential facilities may or may not remain closed.
  • JU may only reopen portions of the University operations.

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Your Hurricane Survival Kit

Before the storm, you should stock up on the following supplies:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • A flashlight (and plenty of batteries!)
  • Food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or cooked, like chips, crackers, granola bars, etc.
  • Blankets and warm clothes (no electricity = no heat)
  • Battery-powered fan (no electricity = no air conditioning, either)
  • Cash (ATMs and card readers won’t work if the power goes out)
  • Have your license/ID/school ID/passport set aside in case you have to evacuate

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Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Before the storm

  • Charge your phone
  • Do your laundry (you don’t want to be stuck in dirty clothes!)
  • Shower (in case you lose hot water)
  • Shut and lock your windows
  • If you’re on the ground floor, unplug and move everything you don’t need in case of flooding
  • Lock up valuables in a drawer/storage box
  • Fill up your gas tank if you have a car on campus
  • Pack a bag with clothing, toiletries, and any other essentials you use in case you have to evacuate

During the storm

  • In case of loss of power, defrost your fridge. Put a towel underneath it in case it leaks.
  • Listen for information/announcements from Residential Life or your RA or Campus Security.
  • All residents remaining on campus during a hurricane will be moved to Oak Hall.
  • Stay indoors unless directed otherwise by a school official.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Keep a record of any damage that occurs to your room from the storm.
  • Get in contact with your family and keep them updated.
  • Most importantly, stay calm!

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