As a commuter campus, Penn State Fayette has established a closing/delay protocol to prevent student travel to campus when classes are canceled.
In the event of snow or ice, the 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. Because you pay tuition for our courses, we typically remain open unless the campus cannot be cleared or the main roads are impassable. Please note that closures or delays will be rare and are not tied to the local school districts’ announced delays or closures.
In cases of inclement weather, one of three options will be selected by the Penn State Fayette Chancellor:
- Classes/business as usual.
- Class delay 10:00 a.m. start.
- Campus closed.
In the event of snow, severe storms, or other emergencies, information about the status of the campus can be obtained in several ways:
- Radio (WMBS, WPKL, FROGGY, WLSW, WANB).
- Televison (KDKA-TV; WTAE-TV; WPXI-TV) or the Internet (WTAE, WPXI, and KDKA).
- The front page of the Penn State Fayette website www.fayette.psu.edu.
- Via telephone by dialing 724-430-4100 and selecting option 5.
- PSUTXT, which provides updates via text message and/or email. To receive PSUTXT messages for Fayette, go to http://fe.psu.edu/Information/Safety/txtmsgalertsys.htm and follow the instructions to subscribe.
- Penn State Email.
- Q. Why doesn’t the campus delay classes on the mornings local school districts announce delays?
A. Area schools have the ability to make up lost days. As an institution of higher education, our curriculum is supported by direct tuition; hence, cancelling classes eliminates the class time for which you have paid. In the event that, during final exams week, weather causes the closing of the campus or the postponement of a scheduled final exam, make-up exams will be given on Friday of final exams week. Students should plan accordingly. Rescheduled final exams will be posted as soon as possible on the Penn State Fayette web site.
- Q. If the campus is open, am I required to come to class?
A. It is your decision on whether or not you are comfortable driving on the roads to campus. If you do not make it to class, it is important for you to contact your professor as soon as possible to let him or her know why you were not in attendance. Ultimately, it is up to each professor to determine how he or she will handle these types of absences.
- Q. Why isn’t the campus closed on some days when the news is reporting hazardous road conditions?
A. We view and listen to the expected weather, but we depend on firsthand reports of road conditions received through PennDOT and local municipality officials to determine whether or not the roads are passable.
- Q. If the start of classes is delayed, how do I know which class to attend?
A. If the start of classes is delayed until 10:00 a.m., you would attend your scheduled 10:00 a.m. class at the regular time and follow your schedule through the rest of the day. Thus: On days when a delayed opening is appropriate, a delay will be announced through the normal emergency announcement procedures. 1. If there is a two-hour delay on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday schedule, classes will start with the class scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. We will keep the normal class times for the remainder of the day. (8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. classes will not be held). 2. If there is a two-hour delay on a Tuesday or Thursday schedule, we will start at 10:00 a.m., one-third of the way through any classes that began at 9:25 a.m. We will keep the normal class times for the remainder of the day.
- Q. Are day and evening classes treated differently?
A. Yes. It is possible to have any portion of the schedule cancelled. Since weather can be unpredictable at times, conditions may become severe at any point in the day. Therefore, it is possible to have morning classes, yet the campus close mid-afternoon or evening.
- Q. If my class is cancelled, will it be made up?
A. Yes. Some instructors may attempt to set a make-up session when students are available, or use other means to make up the work. The form of make-up will depend on the nature of the class and be decided by the instructor.
- Q. Why aren’t the sidewalks and roadways on campus always clear?
A. If the snow is occurring during the day, it is sometimes impossible to keep up with clearing the sidewalks. The maintenance crew will continue to make multiple passes to keep them as clear as possible. At times, the temperatures are low enough that salt will not melt the snow and ice, so it is important that everyone use caution when walking across the campus. All campus members are reminded to be very careful when walking about the campus during inclement weather situations.
- Q. Do delays and cancellations pertain to Continuing Education Courses?
A. Yes. Delays and closings affect all campus activities.