UTSA campuses to close as of 5 p.m. Friday

UTSA campuses to close as of 5 p.m. Friday

Interim UTSA President Dr. Pedro Reyes, acting on the recommendation of his leadership team and with input from various university departments, today announced that all three UTSA campuses – Main, Downtown and Hemisfair – will close as of 5 p.m. Friday, August 25 in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey. The storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

All evening and weekend classes, programs and events scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday are canceled or postponed. 

Throughout the weekend, UTSA leaders will continue to monitor the hurricane’s impact and  determine whether campus closures will need to be extended into Monday, August 28.

During the university’s closure, employees assigned to critical functions within police, facilities and other emergency support roles will remain on duty. Additionally, the Roadrunner Café on the UTSA Main Campus will continue operating on a regular schedule throughout the weekend to accommodate on-campus residents.

“Regardless of Harvey’s landfall, it is clear that there is a high risk of potentially catastrophic rainfall and flooding in San Antonio,” said Reyes. “Out of an abundance of caution, we want our faculty, staff and students to be in a safe place and off the road before dark on Friday, ahead of the storm’s impact.”

During the closure, and while severe weather remains in the San Antonio area, UTSA will provide updates to the campus community at:

It is anticipated that the Roadrunner Café will continue operating on a regular schedule throughout the weekend, despite the potential for severe weather, to accommodate students who reside on campus.

Current summary of conditions from the National Hurricane Center:

  • South Texas will begin feeling the impact of tropical storm force winds as of Friday evening.
  • A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Texas Gulf coast counties.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bexar County.
  • A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for San Antonio and Bexar County beginning at 1 pm Friday.
  • Up to 10 inches of rain is likely this weekend in San Antonio.
  • Wind gusts of up to 60 m.p.h. are expected in San Antonio during the weekend.

The UTSA community should stay attentive to the rapidly changing weather conditions and monitor the university’s official social media channels and utsa.edu/today for updates.