Jan. 5, 2014
BLOOMINGTON Ill. — University offices reopened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, and spring semester classes are to begin as scheduled Wednesday, Jan.8.
While campus parking lots and walkways should be cleared, due to the extreme cold, packed snow and ice will likely be present and result in slippery footing. The city's snow parking ban is in effect.
Returning students should know that faculty have been requested to be flexible this week, due to travel conditions throughout the state and elsewhere. Those students who miss the first day(s) of classes should contact their professors when they return. Also, students who have trouble starting autos left on campus over the break can contact Campus Security to borrow jumper cables.
With recent subzero temperatures as low as -20 degrees, diving to nearly -50 degrees with wind chill, frostbite can occur in 10 minutes or less.
According to the Mayo Clinic, frostbite typically affects smaller, more exposed areas of the body, such as your fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Because of area numbness, you may not realize you have frostbite until someone else points it out. Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:
Following are tips for commuting and walking on campus.
When traveling to and from campus make sure you have:
When walking on campus keep exposed skin to a minimum to avoid frostbite, by wearing:
If you are not prepared for the extreme cold conditions, call the Dean of Students Office for advice at (309) 556-3111. If you feel you may have frostbite, contact Arnold Health Services at (309) 556-3107.