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IU Northwest's Winter Weather Policy

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

As winter approaches, all faculty, staff and students are asked to familiarize themselves with the university's policy for weather-related closures.

When a weather-related closure takes place, all faculty, staff and students will be notified through emergency-notification alerts sent out by IU Northwest. Alerts will come in the form of an email, phone call and/or text message.

To ensure you receive emergency-notification alerts, please:

  • Log into OneStart
  • Click on the ‘Emergency Notification’ link located in the menu on the left side of the page
  • Update your contact information
  • Click ‘save’

Please note, anyone who does not have contact information on file through OneStart will not receive emergency-notification alerts, such as a weather-related closure.

Additionally, students are encouraged to sign up for the class cancellation text service that will automatically provide text and email notification when professors cancel classes.  To sign up for class cancellation texts:

  • Click here
  • Update your contact information
  • Click ‘submit’

Weather closure or cancellation information will also be posted on the IU Northwest home page, IU Northwest Facebook and IU Northwest Twitter pages.  A list of media sources that will report information about IU Northwest weather-related cancellations and/or closings is available here.

When adverse weather conditions occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., a decision regarding the day's status should be conveyed to the campus and to local media by 6 a.m.  If evening classes need to be canceled due to daytime weather conditions, that information should be conveyed to the campus and to the local media by 3 p.m.

In the event that the campus is closed during adverse weather, some Professional Staff employees and others are required to work remotely to ensure that essential work and coverage is accomplished during the closure.  Those staff members will be formally notified in advance by their supervisors of their status, as well as of the specific responsibilities that they are expected to perform remotely. The official policy for Professional Staff working remotely during campus weather closures is available here.

All IU Northwest facilities will adhere to the cancellation and/or closing decision made for the campus, including Arts on Grant and any IU Northwest classes at the Portage University Center.

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