Inclement Weather Procedures
St. Louis College of Pharmacy Campus Safety personnel 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.
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, the auditorium in the new 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 the auditorium, and the ceremony will be streamed live.
The White Coat Ceremony, like any other outdoor event, may be susceptible to rain. In the event summer showers impact the ceremony, participants will be relocated to the ARB auditorium to continue the processional. Due to limited space, observers will be relocated to rooms in either Jones Hall or the ARB as assigned by the color of your wristband. The remainder of the ceremony will be streamed live into the designated rooms.
In the event of stormy weather impacting the STLCOP campus, the ceremony will be relocated per the rain assignments. 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:
Emergency Management Coordinator