In the case of snow or ice, the Penn State Beaver Chancellor will consult with the Director of Academic Affairs and the Director of Finance and Business before making any decisions about the status of the campus.
Please note that closures or delays are rare for Beaver campus and are not tied to the local school districts’ announced delays or closures. Remember that school districts are running buses very early in the morning and have the ability to make up lost days at the end of the year. Beaver campus does not have this ability, so it is important for us to minimize the number of classes lost due to weather.
Please carefully review the following detailed procedures and policy statements regarding weather-related closings and postponements.
Our experience with announcements given on the identified radio and television stations (see sidebar) has been mixed, so If you haven’t already done so, I would also strongly encourage you to register for PSUAlert. Once registered, you will receive an immediate text message on your cell phone if any special campus weather announcements are made. To sign up for PSUAlert, please go to http://psualert.psu.edu.
You may also check the status of the campus by going to the Penn State Beaver web site at http://www.beaver.psu.edu/. In the event of a weather problem, a notice will be placed on the home page.
Lastly, you could also call the SNO number (724-773-3766) to determine the status of Beaver campus. Every attempt will be made to have the appropriate message placed on that number by no later than 6:30 a.m. regarding day classes and 4:00 p.m. regarding evening classes.
For staff members who are uncomfortable driving in the snow and/or ice, and if your presence is not required for the day’s operations, please note that your supervisor is permitted to allow you to leave work early, arrive late, or not come in at all on a day when the campus is open. However, you must log that day as vacation, your personal holiday, or leave with no pay as stipulated by University Policy HR10.
Faculty members should not cancel individual classes due to weather. Only the Chancellor has the authority to delay the class schedule or close the campus. Faculty are expected to make every reasonable attempt to meet with their class(es). If you are unable to come to campus, please contact Dee Mooney, administrative assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-773-3571 as soon as possible. Cancelling a class despite the fact that students have driven through inclement weather does not reflect well on our campus. It is also problematic to hold some classes while others have been cancelled.
On days with snow and/or ice, please be sure to allow yourself extra time to commute to campus safely. Faculty members must be aware that some of our commuter students live in very rural areas and are sometimes unable to reach campus to attend class, even on days when the campus is open. Please take this fact into consideration if you have a required attendance policy.
The campus will not operate on a compressed class schedule for days with delayed starts. For example, if the start of class is delayed until 10 a.m., then the 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. classes will not meet, and the regular schedule will begin at 10 a.m. Campus administration tries to minimize the number of 8 a.m. classes during spring semester (January through May). If a delay is necessary, the administration will use flexibility when needed to determine an appropriate start time. Decisions about the status of all evening classes will be made by 4:00 p.m.
Please be assured that the campus always strives to make informed decisions that balance student, faculty, and staff safety with the class time for which our students pay. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Penn State Beaver Inclement Weather Policy
Occasionally, inclement weather might require the campus to modify daily operations. The following is a summary of policies that are used in the event of operational modifications. The sole responsibility for weather-related changes and decisions rests with the Chancellor.
At the campus level, only the Chancellor may authorize free time off for staff members. Decisions altering campus status and/or operations are made only by the Chancellor in consultation with the Director of Academic Affairs and the Director of Finance and Business. Campus status is usually determined by 6:30 a.m.
For information about campus status, all employees and students should:
1) Sign up for PSUAlert to receive immediate text messages sent straight to your cell phone.
2) Visit the Beaver campus home page at http://www.beaver.psu.edu.
3) Call the campus SNO Line at 724-773-3SNO (3766).
4) Refer to the television and radio stations in the sidebar.
Weather-related actions usually take one of the following forms:
Only employees designated as essential by their supervisor should report to work on campus. Essential employees who work when the campus is closed are eligible for equivalent time off as mutually agreed to by the employee and supervisor.
No classes will be held, but all campus employees are expected to report to work as usual. Class cancellations may vary, e.g. cancellations might be announced only for day classes or only for evening classes, or cancellations might include both day and evening classes. Resident instruction classes and Beaver campus Continuing Education classes adhere to the same closure recommendations.
Delay of Class Start
The start of classes will be delayed until an announced time. The day's regular schedule will be followed once classes begin. All campus employees must report to work at the usual time.
Employees are entitled to free time off only in the case of Option 1, i.e. Campus Closed. If employees are unable to report to work due to weather-related concerns under any other circumstances, that time off must be charged to the employee's accumulated vacation or personal holiday time.
The employee also has the option of time off with no pay. If a supervisor grants permission for an employee(s) to leave work early or arrive late, the work time missed is accounted for as vacation, personal holiday, or no pay. The policies can be found in University Policy HRG10 and are available for your review at the University's GURU website http://guru.psu.edu.
PSUAlert - To register, click on http://psualert.psu.edu
Information about campus closings and delays will be posted on the Penn State Beaver home page at www.beaver.psu.edu.
WMBA (1460 AM)
KDKA (1020 AM)
WBVP (1230 AM)
WTAE (1250 AM)
Cancellation of day classes does not automatically mean cancellation of evening classes and the opposite is also true.