Final Exams: Procedures for Evacuating Buildings, Postponement due to Weather

Jennifer Roberts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
Monday, April 29, 2024, 10:45 a.m.
KU Lawrence Edwards All Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues,

With final examinations scheduled to begin on Monday, May 6, it is important to review university procedures for evacuating buildings, the policies and procedures that govern administration of examinations that are disrupted by evacuations, and the procedures for canceling or postponing examinations due to severe weather conditions.

A building evacuation may be necessary if there is a fire, power failure, lack of water, hazardous material release, structural damage, or any other situation that makes the facility unsafe or uninhabitable. An evacuation may be initiated by the building alarm, by notice from a KU police officer or fire official, or by administrative decision. If an alarm sounds, or if a KU police officer or fire official gives an evacuation notice, everyone must leave the building.

If building evacuation is necessary during the final exam period, a member of the KU Police Department will inform faculty who are giving examinations of an alternate location or will tell the faculty that the examination will be delayed briefly until the building can be searched. In the event that an evacuation occurs, and a KU police officer is not present, you can contact the KU Police Department for direction (785-864-5900). Please inform your students that no final examination will be canceled or postponed to a later date because of a building evacuation. You also might let them know that there are real personnel and material costs associated with each evacuation.

In the event that weather conditions are so severe that examinations cannot safely be held, a decision to postpone examinations will be made and announced in accordance with existing policies and procedures on inclement weather. (See the Inclement Weather Policies and Procedures on the Policy Library website for further information.)

Detailed information about the policies and procedures affecting evacuations during final examinations is available on the Policy Library website. Please review the information and if you have questions, contact the Provost's Office (785-864-4904 or


Jennifer Roberts

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies