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 Lowry campus administration to make an informed decision regarding safety on the Lowry campus. Consequently, the decision for opening, delaying or closing the Lowry campus rest on Lowry campus leadership.

General FAQs

How will I learn about closures?

We'll send you an email and text message through our alert system. Lowry campus alerts are sent separately from the Auraria campus and AMC alerts.

You can call 1.877.556.3637 or visit www.ahec.edu after 5:30 a.m. for timely updates to Auraria campus and AMC closures.

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 - Lowry
  • Community College of Denver - Adv Manufacturing Cntr

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 8:00 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 after 2:00 p.m. are canceled.

If a class straddles release time, it finishes at the campus closing time. For example, if the campus is closing at 2:00 p.m., a class that normally runs 1:00 – 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 department chairs if they feel unable to reach campus in a safe manner. 

How to stay up to date on weather-related closures or delays:

For Auraria Campus and AMC:

We'll send you an email and text message through our alert system. 

You can call 1.877.556.3637 or visit www.ahec.edu after 5:30 a.m. for timely updates to the Auraria campus and AMC closures. 

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

For Lowry Campus:

We'll send you an email and text message through our alert system. 

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

  • Community College of Denver - Lowry

For Lowry campus information:

The decision for opening, delaying or closing the Lowry campus will be made by Lowry campus leadership.

Official notification will come via text messages and email alerts, but you may also find timely information at ccd.edu. Please do not rely on social media for timely alerts or anticipate a response via Facebook Messenger to find out if you have a class or if the campus is open or closed. 

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

  • Community College of Denver - Lowry

CCD Employee/Work-Study FAQs

Who has to come into work during inclement weather?

Essential CCD employees are required to work during inclement weather closures and cannot earn administrative leave pay for that weather closure. Essential services include personnel required to maintain or protect the health, safety, or physical wellbeing of campus personnel, academic mission, and facilities. 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 not to open or to close the campus, CCD grants administrative leave to regular employees for their scheduled work hours during the period of closure. Regular part-time employees (or those paid on an hourly basis who are not students) also receive administrative leave.

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 will earn pay at their normal rate/salary.