Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs

Cancellation of Classes & Activities

In extreme weather situations, classes may be canceled and/or the university closed. A determination will be made by 6 a.m. for morning and afternoon classes and activities, and by 1 p.m. for evening classes and activities.

Weather-induced closure or schedule change information is available three ways: 1) on-line at and at, 2) by calling 1.877.322.0872, and 3) by following local broadcast news reports.

Faculty to Notify Students

Faculty who are unable to travel safely to campus when classes are NOT canceled should communicate quickly with students by leaving an alternate greeting on your voice-mail extension. Please inform your students beforehand, if you will be communicating this way.

Emergency Kits

All faculty, staff and student commuters are encouraged to keep emergency kits in their vehicles, including a sleeping bag and overnight bag. It is also a good idea to keep a flashlight and other supplies handy in your resident hall room or office.

Stranded on Campus?

 Non-residential students or employees needing temporary housing during hazardous weather may contact Campus Safety at 253-535-7441. Students or employees will be offered a temporary stay in an empty residence hall room or lounge. Bedding is NOT available.