Inclement Weather (Winter Weather)

Every employee is personally responsible for verifying weather conditions and the University's operational status prior to coming to work. Announcements about campus delays or closures will be made via PSU Alert (text messages, emails, phone calls) and will be posted to the PSU homepage, to the PSU social media channels, and shared with local media outlets.

Information on campus status can be obtained by:

Prepare for Winter Weather

    • Register to receive PSU Alert messages via text messages, and/or phone call, and/or email to a personal email account so you can get notification if campus is delayed or closes due to weather.
    • Review the Campus Closure FAQ to know more about how weather may impact the campus
    • Review Human Resources’ University Closure Policy for details based on employee category.
    • Review the message from Kevin Reynolds, VP FADM, about inclement weather procedures.
    • Talk to your supervisor/employees to set expectations (e.g. working from home, communication, etc.)

    Snow and Ice Removal

    Regardless of whether campus is open or closed, facilities crews begin work early to clear snow and ice. The snow and ice removal map (coming soon) shows priority routes and entrances. When walking across campus, only use paths and entrances that have been cleared of snow and ice.

    Campus Response

    There are three ways in which the campus may respond to snow and ice:

    University Closed: All scheduled day and evening classes, performances, meetings, athletic games, practices and other events are canceled unless a specific exception is approved in accordance with University procedures. A decision to close campus for the day will be announced via PSU Alert by 6am.

    Delayed Opening: An alternate time when campus activities can begin. A specific time will be announced (for example, by 6am PSU may announce that campus will open at 10am).

    Early Closure: When inclement weather requires closure or curtailment of operations after the workday has begun.

    Tips to stay safe during winter weather

    • Space heaters are prohibited except with clearance from FPM in extreme conditions. Dress warmly and bring extra layers to be comfortable in cold weather.
    • Only use paths and entrances that have been cleared of snow and ice.
    • If possible, avoid walking under tree branches that are heavy with ice and snow.
    • When possible, park in areas that have been plowed and/or sanded.