College Closure, Delayed Opening, and Class Cancellations

Becker may close the College, cancel classes, or delay opening when our region is impacted by inclement weather or other emergencies.

Official announcements about College closure, class cancellations, and delayed openings will be posted on the College’s website (, disseminated to local radio and television stations, and sent out via the College’s emergency notification system, Regroup. This system uses voice, email, and text messaging to broadcast important and emergency alert messages (including College closures, cancellations, and delays in opening).

If you have not already signed up for Regroup, please do so. If you have, please make sure your emergency contact information is up-to-date. How to sign up/update information.

College employees and students are urged to use their own discretion in deciding whether they can safely commute to class or to work. If personal health or safety is at issue in that decision, responsible judgment should be used.

Closing the College

When the College is closed, College offices are closed, on-campus classes are cancelled, and College events such as athletic games and speaker events are cancelled. (All students should check Canvas for course-related announcements.)

If the College closure decision occurs after the College has already opened for the day, communications will indicate the time that each campus will close (e.g., Worcester and Leicester campuses close at 4:00 p.m.).

If the College closure decision occurs before the College has opened for the day, the announcement should normally occur by 6:00 a.m.

Delays in College Opening

The announcement for delays in Campus opening should normally occur by 6:00 a.m. Due to different class start times on the Worcester and Leicester campus, communications will indicate the specific time that each campus will open (e.g., Worcester campus opens at 10:00 a.m., Leicester campus opens at 10:30 a.m.). Communications will include information about shuttle bus service.

Cancellation of On-campus Classes

Cancellation of on-campus classes, which assumes the College was open at the start of the day, does not necessarily mean that the College is closed. The message to the community will indicate if offices will close at the same time or at the end of a regular workday. Offices will remain open unless the message specifically states the College is closing. If the College is open, College offices remain open for business.

Traditional (day) and/or Accelerated (evening) classes may be cancelled, however. All students should check Canvas for course-related announcements.

The announcement of Traditional class cancellation should normally occur by 6:00 a.m., as stated above, will include information about shuttle bus service.

The announcement of Accelerated class cancellation will normally occur by 3:00 p.m.

Essential Personnel

In the event of College closure, delayed openings, and class cancellations, essential personnel must report to work/continue to stay at work unless told otherwise by their supervisor.