Friday Classes and Activities Before 10 a.m. Cancelled

February 19, 2015

Due to severe inclement weather, the first two sessions of morning classes (7:30-8:35 a.m. and 8:45-9:50 a.m.) and all morning activities at the University of Mount Union will be canceled for tomorrow, Friday, February 20, 2015. Regularly-scheduled classes and activities will resume at 10 a.m., at which time forecasts predict a rise in temperature.

Campus offices and facilities, including Kresge Commons, the Library and the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, will be open Friday during regularly-scheduled hours. Faculty and staff should report to work at their normal start times.

Community members are advised to dress appropriately if choosing to be out and about on campus. Recommended cold-weather guidelines as outlined by the Weather Channel include dressing warmly in layers making sure that all exposed skin is covered. Avoid prolonged exposure to the cold.

 

Statement on Cancellation and Closing Due to Extreme Cold

The University of Mount Union rarely closes as a result of low temperatures alone. The safety of our entire community – students, faculty and staff – is and will remain our primary concern when determining if classes should be canceled and/or the campus should close. If and when weather forecasts indicate that conditions are likely to pose a significant threat to the safety of the members of our community, we will act appropriately.

At the same time, our community differs from that of an elementary or secondary school setting. As adults, our students, faculty and staff are capable of taking the necessary steps to protect themselves from extreme weather conditions.

In addition, our students and their families make a substantial investment in and commitment to their educations at Mount Union. Thus, the cancellation of classes or closing of campus is not a decision that is taken lightly. Unless weather forecasts predict an excessive threat to the safety of our campus community, we are compelled to refrain from interrupting the education of our students and hindering the investment they have made in their futures.

 

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