Time of Decisions
- Morning cancellations will be announced by 6 a.m.
- Afternoon cancellations will be announced by 10 a.m.
- Evening class cancellations will be announced by 3 p.m.
Class Cancellation/Campus Closing Policy
Severe winter weather may come in many forms consisting of snow, ice, and wind. Generally, each one individually does not result in the cancellation of classes but occasionally the severe combination of all three may cancel classes or possibly close a campus.
Our students are being trained to work in our communities. Businesses rarely close due to weather related issues. Davenport will rarely close or cancel classes.
- The recommendation to cancel classes or close a campus will be made by the campus leader along with advice from the academic leadership. (The Severe Weather Checklist can be accessed here)
- Information regarding the conditions of the weather can generally be determined by contacting facilities and Public Safety who may be on site. Use of the internet is also encouraged for weather information. (weather.com). There is an expectation that the recommendation be made with the help of others
- In the chart below you can find criteria that can be used to make this recommendation. These criteria will be used to explain to faculty, staff and students why classes were cancelled. This information will also be tracked by the E.D. of Risk Management to help obtain an understanding under what conditions classes are generally canceled so decisions can become easier in the future.
|Current length of storm||4 or more hours|
|Additional anticipated storm length||4 or more hours|
|Strength of wind||21 mph or more|
|Current snowfall||8 in. or above|
|Future anticipated snowfall||4 in. or above|
|Area college/universities closed||Yes|
|Roads closed by State Police||Yes|
- A request to cancel classes will be given to the E.D. of Risk Management by the Campus Leader. This request will contain details related to the above chart. The E.D. of Risk Management will contact the Executive V.P. of Finance by 5:30 am with bullet points about the weather conditions of the affected campus. The E.V.P. of Academics/Provost will be contacted on a consultant basis as time allows to provide input on class cancellation. The Executive V.P. of Finance will contact the President for final approval.
- The process to close a location will be the same as above, however the E.V.P for Organizational Development, the E.D. of Risk Management, the E.V.P of Finance must concur with the decision before the President is contacted.
- Once approval has been obtained for classes to be cancelled at a specific campus, the E.D. of Risk Management or the E.D. of Public Safety will follow the protocol below:
- Initiate DU Alert as early as 5:30 a.m. DU Alert will contain the following information
- Closed building vs cancelled class
- Day vs. evening class
- Who should report to work
- What events need to be cancelled
- Notify University Communication so the proper information can be placed on our website and be sent to Faculty and staff by email. Contact Lyndsie Post at 616-318-2729. It will be the responsibility of communications to post the appropriate communication on the website.
- Notify the appropriate Campus Leaders so information can be relayed to specific campus personnel
- Call CSC at 8 a.m. to inform them of weather issues. It will be the responsibility of CSC to be notified of issues through DU Alert prior to 8 a.m.
- Contact Amy Lucas of the Call Center about the weather issues.
- 616-554-5395 Office
- Location Campus Leaders or designee will be responsible to:
- Notify the appropriate TV and radio stations
- Update the Emergency Hotline
Questions and Complaints
- Questions and complaints from faculty, staff or students regarding the decision to cancel classes or close a campus should be sent to the E.D. of Risk Management.