Severe Weather - University Emergency Closing Policy
In evaluating whether or not to close for snow-related reasons, the following criteria are used: 1) the ability of the university’s road crews to keep campus roads and parking lots cleared; 2) the conditions of primary and secondary roads in the area as reported by the State Police as well as the Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority.
Because commuting students, faculty and staff come from such a broad geographic area, it is extremely difficult to arrive at a decision that is appropriate for each vicinity. Weather conditions rarely are uniform throughout this large area. There is no one decision that will satisfy everyone; however, a diligent effort is made to arrive at a reasonable decision that considers the safety of students as well as their right to receive instruction. Under no circumstances does GVSU ask students, faculty or staff to assume undue risk in traveling to class in inclement weather.
Policy & Procedures
No announcement is made when the university is open. Definition of the words “canceled” and “closed” as it pertains to GVSU employees:
Classes and activities will not be held. All staff are to report to work.
Only ESSENTIAL employees are to report to work.
Grand Valley State University will close all or part of its operations only in case of extreme emergency caused by impassible roads, restricted visibility, violent weather, energy loss, or other conditions seriously endangering the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Normally the Pew Campus will close only when the Allendale campus is closed.
The decision to close the Meijer Campus will be made taking into consideration local weather conditions and decisions made by other institutions in the immediate Holland area. If GVSU Allendale is closed, the Meijer Campus is also closed.
When Muskegon Community College is closed, GVSU’s Stevenson’s Center for Higher Education, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), and the Annis Water Resources will be closed. When the decision is made to close the main Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City, GVSU’s University Center will also close.
Students, faculty and staff should assume the university is open unless they hear otherwise on the radio or television or have been notified via the university's Emergency Notification System. To sign up for messages regarding university closings, visit www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact. We ask that you do not call the Grand Valley State University switchboard or Grand Valley Police Department to ask about closings.
For a more detailed update on campus conditions and area roads, tune to the Grand Valley State radio stations, WGVU-FM 88.5 and WGVU-AM 1480. Every effort will be made to make the decision to close so that the announcement can be made over the stations as early as possible, but no later than 6:30 AM for daytime classes and 3:00 PM for evening classes. Closings will also be posted at www.gvsu.edu and notifications will be made using the university's Emergency Notification System.
When classes are canceled, all staff are expected to report for work unless the closing announcement indicates that only "essential staff" need report. Designated personnel in the following departments are considered essential and are expected to report:
Grand Valley Police Department
Pew Campus Operations
Pew Campus Security Department
Individual faculty members who wish to cancel a class or other event should do so only with permission of their dean. In such cases, faculty members are responsible for notifying students for each class they teach.
SNOW CLOSING DURING FINAL EXAMS
In the event that a closing of cancellation would involve a specified exam day, those exams affected would be held on the next available day after the exam week has concluded. For example - If a Tuesday exam day were affected, the next available day after the conclusion of the exam week would be Saturday. If two exam days were affected, i.e. Wednesday and Thursday, Wednesday’s exam would take place on Saturday and Thursday’s exam would be the following Monday.
OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Grand Valley State University would like to remind everyone of the overnight parking regulations on campus. Please check the GVSU Traffic & Parking Ordinance or contact either Campus Safety office for details.
Page last modified March 7, 2014