This morning (Thursday, January 18th), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) has issued a ‘code red’ weather alert between 10:00 and 13:00, for a large part of the country, including Utrecht and surroundings. Utrecht University buildings will not be closed and activities will continue according to schedule as much as possible. Students who are not able to come to the university, who are therefore missing instruction or an exam, can make use of force majeure regulations.
The university advises employees and students not to go outside while the code red alert is issued. Students can therefore refer to so-called ‘force majeure’ regulations at their own faculty. To do so, there is no need to provide administrative proof.
Today a westerly storm will be moving across the Netherlands for a large part of the day, which can cause disruptions mainly in the morning and early afternoon. Weather alerts are issued by the KNMI in extreme weather situations when life-threatening situations may arise and the weather threatens to disrupt public life. Utrecht University is carefully monitoring the weather situation.
Update Thursday 18 January, 15:00
Code red has been cancelled by the KNMI, but code yellow is still applicable. We advise you to watch out for strong wind gusts and keep an eye on the weather forecast.