Campus Closure - Due to Hurricane Matthew

Event Date: 
Oct 3 2016 - 12:53am

In light of the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus will cease all academic and administrative operations as of Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Classes will be held as scheduled today, Friday, September 30, and The Weekend School in the Faculty of Social Sciences will also go ahead as usual on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

It is important to note that the Health Centre will be closed as of Saturday, October 1, 2016. It is therefore imperative that persons with chronic illnesses secure at least two weeks supply of medication as a precautionary measure.

New dates will be set for examinations that were scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016.

Normal operations are expected to resume on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. However, staff and students should not return to the Campus until advised that it is safe to do so. Announcements to this effect will be communicated via Mona Messaging and aired on the radio and/or other media. The University’s radio station, Newstalk 93FM, RJR 94FM, Nationwide News Network, Irie FM and Mello FM will be the communication channels.


Given that the path that Hurricane Matthew will take remains uncertain, The UWI, Mona will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM).  A further Advisory will be issued on Monday, October 3, 2016.



Jamaican Students residing in the Halls of Residence and who live in Jamaica MUST vacate the Campus and return to their private homes in accordance with the “Hurricane Instructions for Students Residing in the Halls of Residence” which can be found at  This should be done as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Overseas students residing on the Halls of Residence MAY remain, and if they do: 

WILL be accommodated in a designated Hurricane Shelter. 

MUST remain in the designated Hurricane Shelter.



All students who are departing a Hall of Residence MUST sign out officially with their Students Services and Development Manager (SSDM), signaling their departure from the Hall. Prior to their departure, students MAY be permitted to place their personal belongings in a designated storage area. (The respective SSDMs will advise on these areas.)

Students who leave personal items in their rooms or in a designated storage area do so AT THEIR OWN RISK and are advised to take measures to protect them before departing. These include:

- Unplugging electrical equipment;

- Wrapping valuables, documents, equipment and books in plastic; and 

- Moving furniture and equipment from windows and doors.



Overseas students who choose to remain MUST register with their SSDM and abide by the instructions of their SSDM or any other Officer assigned by the institution.


Depending on the designated status of the Hall of Residence, overseas students MUST be prepared to move to a hall of residence which has been designated as a Hurricane Shelter , once the instruction is given by the SSDM or  any other Officer assigned by the institution. They will also be permitted to store personal belongings in a designated area under similar conditions as indicated above for departing students. 

Each student MUST take the following items to the Shelter:

- Blankets

- Flashlight and batteries

- Change of clothing

- Food and water for at least 24-hours. (At least 2 litres of drinking water is required per person per day)

- Hygiene articles

- Medication (if required) 

- Portable radio and batteries

- First Aid items


Students who wish to leave the Hurricane Shelter MUST sign the register provided by the Shelter Manager PRIOR to departure.  


The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus will in no way be liable for any injury, damage or loss whatsoever suffered by students who contravene the instructions above.


The University of the West Indies, Mona encourages members of the community to take all precautions to ensure their own safety and that of their families should the system directly impact the island.


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