HBU Alert System

HBU has implemented an important communication tool for students, faculty and staff. The HBU ALERT SYSTEM using 911 Cellular, can provide text messaging to cell phones as well as through email in the event of a campus emergency. Standard messaging rates may apply. Messages will also be posted on HBU websites, HBU Facebook and HBU Twitter pages.

Hurricane Warning

Update 9:30 p.m., Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey strengthened to a Category 2 storm overnight, and remains a threat to become a Category 3 or 4 storm by landfall, now projected for very late Friday evening into Saturday morning around Corpus Christi/Port Aransas, approximately 183 miles south of Houston. While some winds and rain have begun in the HBU area, the more serious effects of the rainfall are not expected until Saturday afternoon or Sunday.

If the storm continues alone the predicted path, and moves slowly up the coast toward Houston, the impact of the rains will become much more severe, and could last into Wednesday.

Out of an abundance of caution therefore, HBU will close early today, Friday, August 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. All weekend activities and events, including Welcome Days are cancelled. The university will remain closed Monday, and all classes are cancelled. The campus residence halls are not being closed however, and residential students are welcome to remain on campus. Dining, facilities, police and resident life staff will remain on campus throughout the closure.


Houston Baptist University will remain closed through Tuesday, August 29, 2017 and all classes and activities will be suspended. We are closely monitoring conditions and will announce extended closure if required.


As weather conditions across the region continue to deteriorate, Houston Baptist University will be canceling classes and activities through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. This decision is made in order to allow our faculty, students and staff, as well as their families, enough time to address any concerns at home before beginning the school year. We ask that you keep HBU and the greater Houston community in your thoughts and prayers. At this time, we are not planning to evacuate any residents on campus.

NCAA team members are directed to contact their coaching staff for further information about practices and games.

To remain up to date about all safety issues at Houston Baptist University, please download our emergency management application “911Shield”.

Online Courses Continue as Scheduled

Online courses will continue as scheduled for Fall 2017. Faculty will manage situations that may arise around power outages.

For any additional questions, please contact blackboard@hbu.edu


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