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Public Safety issues closing policy

Posted on January 11, 2010

The Department of Public Safety has released the university policy for closing during bad weather. 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; weather reports and other conditions.

When an announcement is made that Grand Valley is closed, only essential are to report to work. Designated personnel in the following departments are considered essential: Public Safety Services, Facilities Services, Food Service, Housing, Information Technology, Library, WGVU, Fieldhouse Management, Pew Campus Operations, Pew Campus Security.

Normally the Pew Grand Rapids Campus will close only when the Allendale Campus is closed. A decision to close the Meijer Holland Campus will be made considering local weather conditions in the immediate Holland area. When Muskegon Community College is closed, GVSU's Stevenson Center for Higher Education, MAREC, and the Lake Michigan Center will be closed. When the main Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City is closed, GVSU's University Center will also close.   

Students, faculty and staff members should assume the university is open unless they hear otherwise via radio or television announcements, or have been notified via the university's Emergency Notification System. To sign up for text messages regarding university closings, visit

For detailed updates on campus conditions and area roads, tune to WGVU-FM 88.5 and WGVU-AM 1480. Closings will also be posted online at

More information, including overnight parking policies, are online at, click on "Emergency Preparation" then "Winter Closing Procedure."

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