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Inclement Weather Procedures

The Office of Public Safety will be monitoring forecasts and weather conditions before, during and immediately after the White Coat Ceremony. In the event of any inclement weather (extreme heat, rain, storms, etc.), they will implement plans to protect life, preserve property and sustain the ceremony if able to safely.

Extreme Heat

August in St. Louis can include sweltering temperatures and dangerous heat indexes. Throughout the White Coat Ceremony, bottled water and ice will be available at no charge. Additionally, Room 111 in the Academic and Research Building (ARB) will be used as a cooling station for any guests who need relief from the heat. Water, ice and cold packs will be available in Room 111, and the ceremony will be streamed live.


The White Coat Ceremony, like any other outdoor event, may be susceptible to rain. If poor conditions are in the forecast, a decision will be made to move the event indoors to the Recreation and Student Center. Weather-related changes to the event will be communicated via email.

Severe Weather

In the event of stormy weather impacting campus, the ceremony will be relocated per the rain plan. If the threats posed by the weather are especially severe, participants and attendees of the White Coat Ceremony may be instructed to proceed to their respective building’s shelter location (see below).

  • Jones Hall: Main Level Elevator Lobby
  • ARB: Main Level Central Corridor


For questions or concerns related to inclement weather plans, please contact:

Carlin Harp
Emergency Management Coordinator

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