Message from the President

Published on Jan 28, 2014

To Columbia College Chicago students, parents, faculty, and staff:

Given the weather conditions that we have faced so far this winter, I think it would be helpful to communicate our institution's general policy on school closures to the wider college community.

The college's primary concern is the overall well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.  We believe strongly in our obligation to provide our students with the education that they expect and deserve.  Class cancellations have an impact: they disrupt curricula, faculty-student interactions, course assignments and exams, and group projects, and hence the essence – teaching and learning – of what we are about as an educational community.  Closing the school is therefore not a decision to be taken lightly, and students, faculty, and staff should ordinarily expect that the college will be open on any given day.

A decision to close the campus will be made after discussions among senior administrators, consultations with our peer institutions in the city, and a thorough review of National Weather Service forecasts and local road and mass transit conditions.  If we do close, it will be because we believe that staying open would require students, faculty, and staff to take excessive measures to travel to and from campus or carry out their responsibilities safely.  We will announce any decisions on the college's website and across the campus emergency communications network.

Thanks to all of you for expressing your thoughts about the college's appropriate response to these unusual circumstances.  It is helpful to hear your concerns and perspectives.


Kwang-Wu Kim

President and CEO