Campus News

UK to be Closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20

LEXINGTON, (Feb. 18, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent the following message to the campus community:

With projections of record-low temperatures and dangerous wind-chill levels, we will be closing the UK campus Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20.

UK HealthCare hospitals at Chandler and Good Samaritan, as well as our clinics, will remain open under normal operating procedures.

I want to ask everyone to use considerable caution during this period. As a community, we are dealing with temperatures and conditions of a historic nature.

Even brief exposure to the elements can result in frost-bite or other serious conditions.

I am deeply appreciative to scores of people throughout the UK HealthCare system who are sacrificing day and night to keep these vital health centers open and operating for those who need our care and healing most.

I am also thankful for so many on our staff, faculty and among our students who have continued to work incredibly hard to keep our campus safe and operating.

I want to in advance thank many of those same people who will continue working over the next several days to keep residence halls, dining and other facilities open during this challenging period.

As always, you can go to for the latest information and schedules.

Thank you again for your efforts and all you do on behalf of the University of Kentucky and those we serve.

Eli Capilouto

Parking and Transportation Information for Thursday and Friday

Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will not operate; the CATS Break Route will provide daytime campus service both days. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedules. CATS Night Route and On-Demand will also run on a normal schedule. SGA's Cats Cab will operate regular hours Thursday-Saturday.

Buses that are still operating during campus emergency closures/delays will be contingent upon campus conditions. Service may be interrupted due to imminent severe weather, road conditions, or at the direction of emergency officials.

For campus bus routes and schedules, visit

For the most up-to-date information, riders can view the actual location of all CATS buses on all routes by using Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system at Riders may also track the buses via the free TransLoc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, by using their smartphone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.


Police Information

Students or UK staff and faculty who are stranded in UK parking lots or have issues may contact UK Police at #ukpd

Student Center information

The UK Student Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.  UK Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Dining Services Information

Dining Services facilities on campus will be open.  Visit

Library Information

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Recreation Information

The Johnson Center will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Alumni Gym will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Lancaster Aquatic Center will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

UK Theatre Information

Due to inclement weather, the UK Department of Theatre and Dance's "The 39 Steps" will now open Wednesday, Feb. 25, instead of Thursday, Feb. 19. This weekend's shows have been canceled. Shows will be Wednesday, Feb. 25-Sunday, March 1:

UK Fire Marshal Information

Due to the expected extreme cold weather, the University of Kentucky Fire Marshal’s Office is asking everyone to use extreme caution in the use of secondary heat sources, e.g., space heaters.

In an office setting, it is required that the secondary heat source be attended at all times during use.  The secondary heat source must also have an automatic shut off if tipped over, and be at least three feet away from any combustibles.  In other words, DO NOT use it near anything that will burn.

Be advised that secondary heat sources are not permitted in any UK Residence Hall. Report any severely cold conditions to the front desk or residence hall staff.