West Virginia University officials announced that because of inclement weather, the university will be closed until Thursday afternoon.
According to university officials, all classes on the Morgantown campuses will be cancelled from 1 p.m. on Wednesday until 1 p.m. on Thursday. University officials said the purpose for this closure are the deteriorating conditions and bitterly cold weather that has been predicted for the next 24 hours.
“University officials have been receiving regular updates on the forecast from the National Weather service, as well as consulting with various units on campus to monitor conditions,” Rob Alsop, vice president for strategic initiatives, said. “We determined this morning, based on the latest update, that closing and canceling classes is in the best interest of our students, staff and faculty. Their safety is our top priority.”
West Virginia University is also urging students to stay indoors and be prepared to avoid the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia.
“This is dangerously cold weather, and students need to respect Mother Nature and remain indoors if at all possible,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said.
In addition to classes being cancelled begining at 1 p.m., the PRT, Mountainlair, Student Recreation Center and all libraries will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and reopen on Thursday at 1 p.m. alongside classes. Students will still be able visit residence hall dining facilities, officials said, and the Carruth Center will close at 4 p.m. but still be available for emergencies by phone at 304-293-4431 .
“We encourage our faculty to be understanding in these circumstances and to make adjustments to course materials, assignments and tests as needed,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell said.
University officials also announced that some essential WVU services such as facility maintenance, snow removal, dining services and safety/security will continue operations. Officials advise that employees in these units should report to work as they are able
“While essential personnel are expected to work their regular schedule during this closure, we encourage everyone to use good judgement, ” Vice President of Talent and Culture Cris DeBord said.
Essential employees are advised to work with their supervisors to take annual leave or flex their schedule if they are unable to get to work during this university closure. According to officials, supervisors are being asked to be flexible and understanding with their direct reports if they are unable to make it to work.
All classes and campus activities will resume on Thursday at 1 p.m., unless weather conditions dictate otherwise.