Emergency Closing Policy
NEC’s policy is to be open and in operation throughout the year, except as is otherwise indicated. Employees are expected to make every effort, consistent with their own safety and welfare, to report to work during inclement weather. If NEC is open but an employee is unable to report to work or complete a full workday, earned vacation, or personal time, may be used.

Human Resources distributes the full text of the Emergency Closing Policy during the Fall and Spring semesters. In the event of a snowstorm or other emergency, NEC may be closed for all or part of a day. NEC defines several types of closings:

  • “Delayed Opening until (stated time).”  This type of closing means that faculty, staff, and students are not expected to come to NEC before the time noted in the broadcast.  Only storm emergency personnel* and those employees deemed necessary by their respective department heads should report to work prior to the stated time.
  • NEC large and small ensemble rehearsals and coachings, recital dress rehearsals, and performances scheduled before the announced opening time will be cancelled.  However, in certain exceptional circumstances, such events may proceed at the discretion of the Director of Performance Services in consultation with the Dean of the Conservatory or the Executive Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education.  In these circumstances, an email will be sent to all students and faculty involved via their NEC accounts.
  • Classes and studio lessons scheduled before the announced opening time will be cancelled.
  • Rental events will proceed as scheduled.


  • “Early closing” This type of closing means that faculty, staff, and students are not expected to stay at or come to NEC after the announced closing time.  Only storm emergency personnel* and those employees deemed necessary by their respective department heads should remain at or report to work
  • NEC large and small ensemble rehearsals and coachings, recital dress rehearsals, and performances scheduled after the announced closing time will be cancelled.  However, in certain exceptional circumstances, such events may proceed at the discretion of the Director of Performance Services in consultation with the Dean of the Conservatory or the Executive Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education.  In these circumstances, an email will be sent to all students and faculty involved via their NEC accounts.
  • Scheduled student recitals may proceed at the discretion of the performer(s) in consultation with the Director of Performance Services, but these events may not be fully staffed and supported by Concert Halls, Piano Services and Audio Services.
  • Classes and studio lessons scheduled after the announced closing time will be cancelled.
  • Rental events may proceed as scheduled at the discretion of the Director of Performance Services.  

  • “NEC closed.”  This type of closing means that faculty, students and staff are not expected to come to NEC due to an emergency.  Only storm emergency personnel *and those employees deemed necessary by their respective department heads should report to work.  
  • All scheduled NEC rehearsals, performances, classes, lessons, and other events will be cancelled.  In certain exceptional circumstances, such events may be allowed.  In these circumstances, an email will be sent to all students and faculty involved via their NEC accounts.
  • Scheduled admissions auditions will take place, unless the Director of Admissions, in consultation with the Dean of the Conservatory, cancels them.  Note:  Admissions staff will be asked to report to work at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.
  • Rental events may proceed as scheduled at the discretion of the Director of Performance Services.

  • “NEC and Jordan Hall closed.”  This type of closing means that faculty, students, and staff members are not expected to come to NEC due to an emergency.  Only storm emergency personnel* and those employees deemed necessary by their respective department heads should report to work.  
  • All scheduled NEC rehearsals, performances, classes, lessons and other events are cancelled.
  • All scheduled rehearsals, concerts, and other events in the Jordan Hall Building will be cancelled, including events for outside renters of the Hall.

There may be occasions during inclement weather or emergency situations when NEC remains open.  If NEC is open, all employees are expected to report to work or to notify their supervisors that they are requesting to use available vacation or personal time.

If a faculty member is unable to teach on a day when NEC is open, he/she should notify the Department Head and the Faculty Mail Room at (617) 585-1300 and the Dean’s Office at (617) 585-1305 as soon as possible.  The Faculty Mail Room attendant will post a notice at building entrances and, whenever possible, on classrooms and studios.  For Saturday cancellations, Prep/SCE faculty, staff & students should call the Prep/SCE administrative offices at (617) 585-1130.  The NEC Concert Line, (617) 585-1122, will reflect concert status.

During times of inclement weather or emergency situations, faculty, staff, and students are requested to use public transportation when possible since parking may be limited.  Cars left in NEC parking lots overnight during a snow storm may be towed at the owner’s expense.

NEC will make a decision on whether or not to close the campus as soon as is practicable.  Notice of delayed openings or cancellations will be broadcast through the following channels:  

WBZ News Radio AM 1030, www.wbz.com and WBZ-TV, www.wbztv.com
WRKO Talk Radio AM 680, WHDH/NBC channel 7, CW channel 56, and www.whdh.com
(Employees and students can sign up for school closings sent to their cell phone at www.thebostonchannel.com)
ABC/WCBV TV channel 5, www.thebostonchannel.com , and WBUR – www.wbur.org
(Employees and students can sign up for school closings sent to their cell phone at www.whdh.com)
WFXT FOX25 TV Channel 25

In addition, there will be a recorded message updated regularly at (617) 585-1100 and on the NEC website necmusic.edu.  If there is a school closing and you wish to verify if a special event or concert is taking place on that day or evening, please refer to NEC's Website or call the Jordan Hall Box office at (617) 585-1260 or the NEC Concert Line (617) 585-1122.

* Storm emergency personnel: Security, Building Operations, Resident Director, Director of Dining Services and Dining Services staff.  

Please note that Concert Halls, Piano Services, Audio Services, Faculty Mail Room, Collegiate Copy Center, and other staff not listed above are not storm emergency personnel and therefore will not be available when NEC is closed due to an emergency or inclement weather.

2013-07-22


THERE ARE NOTES BETWEEN NOTES, YOU KNOW. SARAH VAUGHAN