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 University Weather Policy 



UNIVERSITY SEVERE WEATHER POLICY / Class cancellation, delay or closing

It is the policy of Slippery Rock University that only the President or his/her designee has the authority to temporarily modify class and/or work schedules in the event of extreme weather conditions including but not limited to snow, freezing rain, floods and hazardous winds.  This decision may include the temporary cancellation of all or part of scheduled academic programs. 

University practices for implementing this policy include: 

  • Slippery Rock University is committed to fulfilling its instructional obligations. Nearly 2,000 students live on campus, and approximately 5,000 live within a three-mile radius of campus. It is the University’s intent to conduct classes as long as it can maintain reasonable conditions on campus and the roads in the immediate areas are reasonably passable. The University and its off-campus locations will remain open in all but the most extreme circumstances.
  • Should severe weather threaten the University, the campus Emergency Team (E-Team) will advise the president as to whether or not classes should be delayed and/or canceled or if the University should open or remain open.
  • The E-Team is chaired by the Provost, and has representatives from business and administration, public relations, student life, facilities and campus police. During an alert, the Team monitors campus and regional conditions through the Campus Police, Public Relations and facilities. The Team receives frequent updates regarding weather conditions and road advisories from the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), Accuweather Services and PennDot.
  • In recommending a decision, the E-Team considers: the condition of campus parking lots; the condition of campus roads and sidewalks; the availability of uninterrupted utility services; the condition of local and state roads as indicated by road and storm advisories; weather forecasts; and ice, wind and severe cold temperatures.
  • If possible, the decision to remain open or to delay or cancel daytime classes (those offered between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will be made before 6 a.m., in order to provide sufficient time to notify the media.
  • In the case of a delayed opening for the campus, the University will utilize a two-hour delay schedule, wherein students and faculty will follow a shortened version of their normal daily schedule. (See schedule below.)
  • If possible, 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. in order to provide sufficient time to notify the media.
  • A delay or cancellation of classes does not imply that the University is closed. All non-faculty employees are required to report to work as scheduled. Any class cancellations will apply to all University locations unless otherwise specified. Faculty members will be expected to make up time for canceled classes.
  • During hazardous weather conditions, students, faculty and staff are urged to use their discretion in deciding whether they can safely commute to work or classes. Any University employee unable to reach campus is required to report off work and request leave, using established procedures. The liberal leave policy will be in effect when announced. Liberal leave means that an employee’s request for appropriate leave will not be required prior to the employee’s shift. The employee will notify his/her supervisor of his/her leave status as soon as possible.
  • Faculty should not penalize students who miss class because of severe weather conditions. Students are required to notify their instructors as soon as possible of the weather related reason for their absence.

During an unscheduled delay, cancellation, or closing, essential functions must be maintained and certain essential personnel may be required to report to work. Provisions will be made to keep the following operations open to provide services for students:        

Bailey Library Recreation Center
Dining Halls Residence Halls
Health Services Switchboard
Morrow Field House University Police
Smith Student Center University Help Desk

Deans and directors shall prepare essential personnel lists each year consistent with CBA requirements. Employees will be informed in writing of this status. Essential employees are required to work during weather related delays, class cancellations or closing.

If a decision is made to delay or cancel classes, or close the University, the president or his or her designee will notify Cabinet members who in turn will notify administrators within their respective divisions.

If the decision is made to delay or cancel classes or close the University, Public Relations will:

  • Notify the switchboard (724.738.9000),
  • Place a recorded message on 724.738.2998
  • Post the information to the SRU Web site (
  • Send email alerts to all addresses (facuty, staff and students)
  • Notify e2Campus subscribers
  • Notify the media



WSKT 1280 - New Castle

KDKA Pittsburgh

WBZY 1200 - New Castle

WTAE Pittsburgh

KDKA 1020 - Pittsburgh

WPXI Pittsburgh

WISR 680 - Butler

WFMJ Youngstown

WBUT 97.7 - Butler

WKBN Youngstown

WBBG 106.1 - Youngstown

WYFX Youngstown

WPIC 103 - Sharon

WYTV Youngstown

WHOT 101.1 - Youngstown

Channel 7 - SRU TV

WQXK 105 - Youngstown


WTAE 1250 - Pittsburgh


WSRU 88.1 - Slippery Rock


To avoid any confusion as to meaning and intent, announcements about changes in operations will be made in the following standard format:

  • “Slippery Rock University classes (those beginning prior to 5 p.m.) are canceled; staff are to report; liberal leave in effect; essential personnel report.”
  • “Slippery Rock University is on a two-hour delay. Faculty and students should follow the compressed class schedule; staff are to report; liberal leave in effect; essential personnel report.”
  • Classes starting at 5 p.m. or later will meet as normally scheduled.Decisions regarding the cancelation of evening classes will be made by 3 p.m. whenever possible. Students should refer to SRU email, SRU campus alerts or to the SRU homepage for more information.

All members of the campus community are reminded that while the statements are given to members of the media in this format, the statements may not be broadcast in these exact words. Individuals are reminded that the Hotline and Website are the official sources of schedule changes and are asked to refer to them. Please avoid calling the University Police for weather related information.

The University will be closed when the governor declares a statewide State of Emergency. The University will abide by that directive and further instructions will be provided at that time.

In the event that Slippery Rock University implements a two-hour delay, students and faculty will switch to this new Compressed Class Schedule. The plan ensures all classes scheduled for the day, especially those that meet early in the morning, have an opportunity to meet.

(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
35 minute classes, l0 minute break between classes


Current M-W-F Times

Snow Times


8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

10:00 – 10:35 a.m.


9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

10:45 – 11:20 a.m.


10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

11:30 – 12:05 p.m.


11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

12:15 – 12:50 p.m.


12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

1:00 – 1:35 p.m.


1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

1:45 – 2:20 p.m.


2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

2:30 – 3:05 p.m.


3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

3:15 – 3:50 p.m.


4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

4:00 – 4:35 p.m.

(Tuesday, Thursday)
60 minute classes, l0 minute break between classes


Current M-W-F Times

Snow Times


8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

11:10 – 12:10 p.m.


11:00 – 12:15 p.m.

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.

Common Hour

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

2:40 – 3:40 p.m.


3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

3:50 – 4:50 p.m.

College of Education (any day of the week)
95 minute classes, I0 minute break between classes


Current M-W-F Times

Snow Times


8:00 – 9:35 a.m.

10:00 – 11:35 a.m.


9:50 – 11:25 a.m.

11:45 – 1:20 p.m.


1:50 – 3:25 p.m.

1:30 – 3:05 p.m.


3:35 – 5:10 p.m.

3:15 – 4:50 p.m.

Classes starting at 5 p.m. or later will meet as normally scheduled. Decisions regarding the cancelation of evening classes will be made by 3 p.m. whenever possible. Students should refer to SRU email, SRU campus alerts or to the SRU homepage for more information. 

Revised 12.05.11