Campus Closing Information: Inclement Weather Procedures
When the decision is made to close the campus because of inclement weather, various procedures are used to notify the campus community.
Notification announcements for day and evening closings normally will be placed by 6:00 a.m. and evening closings by 3:00 p.m.
University Advancement personnel will notify the following radio stations: St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU-FM 90.7) and KMOX AM 1120. Three television stations, KTVI-Channel 2, KMOV-Channel 4, and KSDK-Channel 5, also will broadcast the closing. These radio and television stations have established reliable procedures to handle such inclement weather calls.
University Advancement personnel also will place an announcement on the campus Home Page, as well as distribute an email to students, faculty and staff.
Additionally, University Advancement personnel will update the campus status on the inclement weather line at 314-516-4636.
Day and Evening Closing
Day and evening classes including clinics, conferences, workshops and all other activities, both on- and off-campus, are canceled and offices of the University of Missouri-St. Louis are closed today, (DAY/MONTH/DATE/YEAR). Please contact the Touhill Performing Arts Center at 314-516-4100 for information about today's performances and/or events. For information about tomorrow's operations, please call the inclement weather line (314-516-4636) or check www.umsl.edu after 6:00 a.m.
Evening classes including clinics, conferences, workshops and all other activities, both on- and off-campus, are canceled and offices of the University of Missouri-St. Louis are closed as of (TIME) today, (DAY/MONTH/DATE/YEAR). Please contact the Touhill Performing Arts Center at 314-516-4100 for information regarding tonight's performances and/or events. For information about tomorrow's operations, please call the info line (314-516-4636) or check www.umsl.edu after 6:00 a.m.
**MSC Bridge closing time - 30 minutes after campus closing time.
Faculty are asked to post an announcement on MyGateway for each class page. This is a beneficial way for instructors to communicate closing information to students. In addition, faculty members can place a temporary voice mail greeting on their office telephone voice mailbox to inform callers whether the campus is open or closed. When the syllabus includes instructors' office telephone numbers, students can be advised to call the office in the event of adverse weather conditions. This is especially effective should an instructor need to cancel a class due to weather while the campus as a whole remains open.
Technology requires users to act responsibly. Using the recommended temporary greeting eliminates the need to change your external greeting. However, an employee who changes his/her external greeting to tell callers that the campus is closed, should change the external greeting once the campus reopens. That is why it is important to include day and date information. Without such information, problems may arise if students or staff members believe the campus is closed when it has, in fact, reopened.