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Emergency Closing

In evaluating whether to close for snow-related reasons, the following criteria are used: ability of the university’s road crews to keep campus roads and parking lots cleared; conditions of primary and secondary roads in the area as reported by the Michigan State Police as well as the Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority; weather reports regarding the track of the storm and other changing conditions.

Because commuting students, faculty and staff members come from such a broad geographic area, it is extremely difficult to arrive at a decision that is appropriate to each vicinity. Weather conditions rarely are uniform throughout this large area. No announcement is made when the university is open.

Definition of the words “canceled” and “closed” as pertains to faculty and staff members:
• Canceled: classes and activities will not be held, all staff members are to report to work;
• Closed: only essential staff members are to report to work.    

Grand Valley will close all or part of its operations only in case of extreme emergency caused by impassible roads, restricted visibility, violent weather, energy loss, or other conditions seriously endangering the health and safety of students, faculty and staff members. Normally the Pew Grand Rapids Campus will close only when the Allendale Campus is closed.  

The decision to close the Meijer Holland Campus will be made taking into consideration local weather conditions and decisions made by other institutions in the immediate Holland area. If the Allendale Campus is closed, the Meijer Campus is also closed.

When Muskegon Community College is closed, GVSU’s Stevenson’s Center for Higher Education, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, and the Lake Michigan Center will be closed. When the decision is made to close the main Northwestern Michigan College Campus in Traverse City, GVSU’s University Center will also close.    

Students, faculty and staff members should assume the university is open unless they hear otherwise on the radio or television or have been notified via the university’s Emergency Notification System. To sign up for messages regarding university closings, visit   We ask that you do not to call the switchboard or Grand Valley’s Police Department to ask about closings.

For a more detailed update on campus conditions and area roads, tune to the WGVU-FM 88.5 and WGVS-FM 95.3 and WGVU-AM 1480 and WGVS-AM 850. Every effort will be made to make the decision to close so that the announcement can be made over the stations as early as possible, but no later than 6:30 a.m. for daytime classes, and 3 p.m. for evening classes. Closings will also be posted at and notifications will be made using the university’s Emergency Notification System.

When classes are canceled, all staff members are expected to report for work unless the closing announcement indicates that only “essential staff” needs report. Designated personnel in the following departments are considered essential and are expected to report: Police Department, Facilities Services, Food Service, Housing, Information Technology, Library, WGVU-AM/FM/TV, Fieldhouse Management, Pew Campus Operations, Pew Campus Security.    

Individual faculty members who wish to cancel a class or other event should do so only with permission of their dean. In such cases, faculty members are responsible for notifying students for each class they teach.

Emergency closing during final exams

In the event that a closing would involve a specified exam day, those exams affected would be held on the next available day after the exam week has concluded.

Overnight parking restrictions

No overnight parking is permitted in any lot other than residential lots except with permission of the Director of Public Safety Services. Parking between the hours of 3-7 a.m. shall be considered overnight parking. 
Parking overnight in Lots B2, D2-9, J, K-West, P, R, Calder Residence (O), GVA, Secchia Hall and the resident section of Watson (resident lots) shall require a resident permit or a temporary resident permit issued by Police Department or the Pew Campus Security office. During snow removal periods, any vehicle found to be in violation of the Ordinance will be subject to impoundment. Questions should be referred to Grand Valley Police Department at (616) 331-3255 or Pew Campus Security at (616) 331-6677. Overnight parking is prohibited at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, the Meijer Campus at Holland and the Lake Michigan Center except with permission of the Pew Campus Security office at (616) 331-6677.