Inclement Weather Procedure

Op 3.29 School Cancellation Policy

  1. The decision to close the University or to cancel day classes will be announced to the news media prior to 6:00 a.m. on the day of the cancellation.
    1. Should conditions appear to warrant possible cancellation/closure, the Director of Safety and Transportation will contact the Vice President for Administrative Services and the Director of Facilities Management by 4:30 a.m.
    2. After consultation with the Provost or the Provost’s designee and the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administrative Services will decide whether or not to close the University or to cancel day classes.
    3. The President will be informed.
  2. If day classes are in session or the decision to cancel day classes due to inclement weather does not pertain to evening classes (classes beginning at 4:00 p.m. and after) or to second or third shift operations; a separate decision regarding evening classes will be made later in the day.
    1. Between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the Director of Safety and Transportation, the Vice President for Administrative Services, and the Director of Facilities Management shall consult with one another concerning the condition of the parking lots and their possible availability during the late afternoon and evening hours and will review information from the Safety and Transportation Office, the National Weather Bureau, the Missouri State Highway Patrol District Office, and area public school offices concerning road conditions and impending weather changes.
    2. At 11:30 a.m., the Vice President for Administrative Services will consult with the Provost or the Provost’s designee and the Vice President for Student Affairs; a decision will be made.
    3. The President will be informed.
  3. The decision to cancel classes or close the University will be given to the Director of Safety and Transportation and to the Director of Web and New Media so they may provide notifications of the cancellation or closure.  All notification shall specifically denote whether the closing includes Day Classes Only, Evening Classes Only, or both Day and Evening Classes.  The notification shall also specifically denote whether University offices are to be open or closed and if second and third shift workers are to report to work as applicable.
    1. The Director of Safety and Transportation or their designee shall notify the news media of the cancellation/closing (using the appropriate code). 
    2. The Director of Safety and Transportation or their designee will inform the campus community of the cancellation/closure via MSU’s mass notification system, including phone, campus email, or text messaging.
    3. The Director of Web and New Media or their designee will post the cancellation/closure on the Missouri State University homepage.
  4. In the event classes are cancelled and/or the University is closed due to weather, efforts will be made to maintain services in the following operations:
    1. Selected units within the Division of Student Affairs (Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, Health and Wellness Center, and Student Union)
    2. Meyer Library
    3. Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center, if events scheduled
    4. Hammons Student Center, if events scheduled
    5. JQH Arena, if events scheduled
    6. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, if events scheduled
    7. Jordan Valley Innovation Center and Plaster Center for Free Enterprise, if open
    8. Academic buildings, if events scheduled