Campus Closing and Delay Information

Campus Closing and Delay Information

In the event of snow, severe storms, or other emergencies, information about the status of the campus can be obtained in several ways:

  • Television (KDKA-TV; WTAE-TV; WPXI-TV) or the Internet (KDKAWTAEWPXI); 
  • The front page of the Penn State Greater Allegheny web site; 
  • PSUAlert, which provides updates via text message and/or email. To receive PSUAlert messages for Greater Allegheny, go to https://psualert.psu.edu/psualert/  and follow the instructions to subscribe.

Cancellation of day classes does not automatically mean cancellation of evening classes or vice versa.

Common Questions and Answers 

Q. Why doesn’t the campus delay classes on the mornings local school districts announce delays? 
A. Local school districts have the ability to make up lost days. Penn State Greater Allegheny’s 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, rescheduled final exams will be posted as soon as possible on the PSUGA web site and students will receive an email to their Penn State email account from the Campus Registrar. 

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 weather related absences.

 
Q. Why isn’t the campus closed on some days when the news is reporting hazardous road conditions? 
A. At the onset of inclement weather, our maintenance team begins to work on campus roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.  Campus personnel monitor weather reports and our Campus Police department provides us with first hand reports of road conditions to determine if roads are passable.  This information is used by the Campus Leadership team to determine if we will delay or cancel classes. 

Q. If the start of classes is delayed, how do I know which class to attend? 
A. Class delays are announced in two-hour increments, and at the end of the delay, classes will resume on our normal schedule.  For example, if a two hour delay is announced, the campus will start the academic day at 10:00 am and you would attend the class that is in session at that time, even if it would normally be in session before 10:00am.

Q. Are decisions to cancel or delay day and evening classes made separately? 
A. Yes, they are.  Every attempt is made to make campus closure/delay decisions before 7:00am for day schedules and before 3:00 pm for evening schedules.  In the event weather situations change after 7:00am or 3:00pm, campus leadership will make decisions as necessary and communicate those decisions through the appropriate channels which include PSU Text, the Penn State Greater Allegheny website, facebook, Instagram, and twitter accounts.  It is possible to have any portion of the schedule cancelled and that information will be communicated. 

Q. If my class if cancelled, will it be made up? 
A. Some instructors may attempt to set a makeup 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. 

Q. Why aren’t the sidewalks 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 is careful when walking across the campus. As temperatures warm and/or the sun comes out, the salt is able to melt the snow and ice.  
All campus members are reminded to be very careful when walking about the campus during inclement weather situations.