Weather & Campus Closures

Everyone loves a snow day, but before you hit the snooze button, read up on Community College of Denver’s inclement weather policies.

The decision for opening, delaying or closing the Auraria campus and Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) rests with Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) leadership in consultation with the leadership of CU Denver, MSU Denver and Community College of Denver (CCD).

Community College of Denver relies on its partnership with the Lowry campus facilities and security departments to make an informed decision regarding safety on the Lowry campus. Consequently, the decision for opening, delaying or closing the Lowry campus rests with the Lowry leadership.

Closures or delays at CCD’s Career Education Center Early College (CEC) rest with Denver Public Schools (DPS).

General FAQs

How do I stay up-to-date on weather-related closures for Auraria Campus, the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) and Lowry

To ensure you receive the latest updates, sign up for the campus emergency notification system. Go to CCDConnect, and on the Dashboard, click on “Update Your Emergency Notification Information” and make sure the box titled "mobile", next to your phone number, is selected. If you have opted-in to receive these emergency text messages, you will be sent emails and text messages to keep you informed. Please note, Lowry will send separate closure alerts.

You can also watch local TV for closure information. For announcements relevant to CCD campus look for the following: 

  • Community College of Denver – Auraria
  • Community College of Denver – Adv Manufacturing Cntr
  • Community College of Denver – Lowry

For timely updates regarding the Auraria campus and AMC closures, call 1.877.556.3637 or visit ahec.edu after 5:30 a.m.

If weather conditions necessitate a delayed start:

If a class is scheduled to begin or end before the delayed start time of campus, it is canceled. For example, if a class starts at 8 a.m. but the campus is on a delayed start beginning at 10:00 a.m., that class is canceled completely - even if that class runs past 10:00 a.m.

If weather conditions necessitate an early dismissal:

If a class is scheduled to begin after early dismissal time, it is canceled. For example, if Lowry campus closes at 2:00 p.m., classes that start at 2:00 p.m. or later are canceled.

If a class straddles release time, it finishes at the campus closing time. For example, if the campus is closing at 2 p.m., a class that normally runs 1–3:00 p.m. will stop at 2:00 p.m.

Attendance policies during campus closures:

Any individual mandatory attendance policies for specific classes are suspended if the campus is closed. Faculty may not require students to attend a class or campus-related event when the campus is closed due to inclement weather.

If the campus is open during inclement weather, we encourage both students and faculty to use their judgment about safely reaching campus. Students should communicate with faculty, and faculty should communicate with their program chairs if they feel unable to reach campus in a safe manner.

Students are responsible for engaging with course content delivered via an alternate method to ensure minimum course content hours.

Students are responsible for content and/or assignments missed if they miss class due to inclement weather when the campus has not closed.

If a class is canceled due to weather, minimum contact minutes must be met. Faculty should work with students to ensure course content is delivered via an alternate method. If you have questions, please speak with your program chair.

CCD Employee/Work-Study FAQs

Who has to come into work during inclement weather?

The college requires essential CCD employees to work during inclement weather closures and cannot earn administrative leave pay for that weather closure. Essential employees typically have security or snow removal duties. CCD contracts for these functions or they are provided by others on our three campus sites. Thus, CCD considers all current employees as non-essential, regular employees. Regular employees are not required to work. 

How do I know if I'm considered essential personnel?

Your supervisor will let you know if you're considered essential personnel.

How do closures affect my pay and vacation balance?

When the decision is made to close the campus, CCD grants administrative leave to regular employees for their scheduled work hours during the period of closure.

Temporary (including retirees hired into temporary positions) and student employees are not eligible for administrative leave; however, they will earn pay at their normal rate for any hours worked.

If you happen to be on approved leave (sick or vacation) during a closure, you cannot earn administrative leave. In other words, you cannot swap out administrative leave for sick or vacation time.

Essential personnel earn pay at their normal rate/salary.