Indiana University Northwest


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As winter approaches, IU Northwest clarifies its weather policy with respect to class cancellations and campus closures

Winter is approaching, and Indiana University Northwest has revised its weather policies in advance of the season. University officials have encouraged all students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the new policy and with the communication tools that will be used to communicate any closing or cancellation information in the coming moths.

In accordance with the most recent update of the IU Northwest Adverse Weather Policy, it is possible for the Chancellor or his designee to cancel classes for all or part of a school day without closing the campus. Under this policy, class cancellations and campus closures are two separate actions. The decision to take either or both of these actions rests with the Chancellor or his designee, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

If classes are cancelled but campus remains open, then campus employees remain in work status. All faculty and staff are advised to listen carefully to status announcements to be certain of their work status.

All IU Northwest facilities will adhere to the cancellation and/or closing decision made for the campus. IU Northwest classes held at the Academic Learning Center in Merrillville, however, are subject to the decision of Purdue University Calumet.

When adverse weather conditions occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., a decision regarding the day's status should be made and conveyed to local media no later than 6 a.m. If evening classes need to be canceled due to daytime weather conditions, that information should be reported to the media by 3 p.m.

Once closure or cancellation decisions have been made, the Office of Marketing and Communications will notify the campus via IU Notify. This system allows the campus to communicate weather closings and other information almost instantaneously to all registered campus users via email, phone call and text message.

Any students, faculty or staff who do not have IU Notify contact information on file through OneStart are advised to provide that information so they may receive instant notification of campus status changes. Simply log into OneStart and click the Emergency Notifications link located in the menu on the left side of the page. Then enter the appropriate phone numbers and email addresses and click save.

Please note, anyone who does not have emergency contact info on file electronically through OneStart will not receive IU Notify alerts. All campus community members are urged to check their emergency numbers on file to ensure that their contact information is up to date.

Closure or cancellation information will also be posted on the IU Northwest home page at Also, a list of media sources that will report information about IU Northwest weather cancellations and/or closings is available at the following website:

Decisions about weather-related closings and cancellations will be made by the Chancellor or his designee based on campus conditions, road and highway conditions, weather forecasts provided by the National Weather Service, and other factors. Administrators and staff will provide the Chancellor with up-to-date information and recommendations as appropriate.

All IU Northwest campus community members are encouraged to use common-sense safety measures when traveling this winter. When weather issues arise, campus constituents should be prepared to receive or seek out notifications from IU Northwest regarding class and campus status.



Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid

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Snow blankets the IU Northwest campus after a storm in January 2009.
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