BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Several area colleges are adjusting their move-in days ahead of approaching Hurricane Irene, which could storm through the area over the weekend.
Harvard College is opening campus housing early for all sophomores, juniors and seniors to help them avoid traveling at the height of Hurricane Irene.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds announced that all upper class houses are open for move-in beginning Thursday.
Hammonds says many students are already on campus. Most first-year students arrived Thursday, in time for orientation.
She urged students planning to arrive after Thursday to monitor weather projections closely and consider traveling to Cambridge either before or after the projected height of the storm.
UNH & PLYMOUTH STATE
At least two New Hampshire universities are changing their move-in day for returning students because of the threat of Hurricane Irene.
Returning students at the University of New Hampshire can move into their on-campus housing on Saturday now instead of Sunday. Students who can’t arrive Saturday are being urged to wait until after the storm has passed because there will be no move-in assistance on Sunday.
First-year students can still come on Friday as previously scheduled.
At Plymouth State University, students can move in Tuesday, rather than Saturday and Sunday. Registration is planned for Wednesday.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
The University of New Haven has delayed the start of classes for at least one day and asked students living on campus to leave before Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut with strong winds and torrential rains.
Spokeswoman Karen Grava says resident students are asked to leave before 10 a.m. on Saturday. The school will provide
accommodation and food for students without alternative shelter, including those from abroad.
Classes that were scheduled to start on Monday and Tuesday have been pushed back until Wednesday, at the earliest.
The condition of the campus, its facilities and the availability of electricity after Irene strikes Sunday will determine when classes ultimately begin.
Students, faculty and staff are urged to monitor the university website, email, media and other communication systems for additional information before and after the storm.
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
The threat of heavy weather associated with Hurricane Irene is prompting two Vermont colleges to adjust their schedules.
The University of Vermont canceled a Sunday evening convocation and a twilight induction ceremony on the college green in Burlington.
The convocation had been set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Patrick Gymnasium.
At Norwich University, Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Kelley has told upperclassmen scheduled to begin arriving for the fall semester on Saturday and Sunday that they’re welcome to come back Friday instead.
Upperclassmen in-processing at the Northfield campus will be open Friday through Monday.
This is just a partial list. If you know of any other colleges with move-in days disrupted by the hurricane, please leave a comment below.
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