Emergency Weather Policy

  • IUP strives to offer services as scheduled without interruption to classes and campus events. There is an expectation that the university’s residential campuses—Indiana and Punxsutawney campuses—will never close because of our obligation to provide services to our residential students, but regional campuses and sites that are nonresidential may close in case of inclement weather.

    There is an important distinction between the decision to “cancel classes” and the decision to “close the university.”

    When classes are cancelled, staff, managers, administrators, and faculty whose responsibilities lie outside the classroom are still expected to report to work. Essential employees have been designated and instructions will be provided in the announcements when necessary.

    As the timing of announcements of a decision is critical, if class cancellation or site closing is deemed to be necessary, an attempt will be made to announce a decision prior to 6:00 a.m. for day classes and morning shifts, and prior to 4:00 p.m. for night classes and afternoon/third shifts.

    Announcements will be made only if the university’s regular operation is disrupted. Announcements will not be made saying the university is open. Please check the IUP Information Line (noted below) first; if there is no message announcing a delay or closing, then the university is open as scheduled and classes and events are proceeding as scheduled.

    Weather emergency information will be announced in the following ways:

    IUP Information Line: 724-357-7538

    The IUP Information Line operates 24 hours a day with multiple lines for multiple callers. Please do not call University Public Safety during severe weather with questions about university-related cancellations.


    IUP Website

    IUP Emergency Notification System

    Questions regarding the Inclement Weather Policy may be directed to the vice president for Administration and Finance, 233 Sutton Hall, IUP. Policy implemented March 6, 1995 (revised September 4, 2007).