Preparing for winter weather: EMU weather closing/class cancellation guidelines

YPSILANT --  Eastern Michigan University recently shared with the campus community its weather closing/class cancellation guidelines should future weather events necessitate such action.

Closure decision times:

• The decision to remain open or to cancel morning classes (those starting before 12:30 p.m.) will be made before 6 a.m. (if timing for the decision permits), in order to provide sufficient time to notify the media and the University community.

• The decision to remain open or to cancel afternoon classes (12:30–5 p.m.) will be made before 9:30 a.m. (if timing permits).

• The decision to remain open or to cancel evening classes (those starting at 5 p.m. or later) will be made before 3 p.m. (if timing permits).

• Campus closure guidelines can be found on the University closure website.

Residence halls and apartments will remain open during a weather closing. Campus dining/food service will be available at select locations, typically The Commons, Eastern Eateries and CrossRoads MarketPlace. Please check EDining website for up-to-date information.

Due to the 24/7 nature of some campus operations, certain designated personnel such as heating plant, physical plant, food service, public safety, WEMU and other employees within specific areas of the University may be required to work. All other employees should remain at home in accordance with the Eastern Michigan University Weather Policy and applicable collective bargaining agreements. During the period of closure, all employees are expected to check the University closure website and other media sources to receive updates regarding the closure and reopening of campus.

When the University is closed for severe weather, students, faculty and staff should monitor their email and the main University website for condition updates.

Weather closures are announced first by text message to mobile phones through the University's Rave emergency text alert system, but you must register to receive such alerts. If you have not signed up for Rave text alerts, please do so at Closure announcements are also communicated via the University email and social media channels.


January 27, 2022

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Media Contact:
Melissa Thrasher