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Emergency closing policy detailed

  • The university�s emergency closing policy is detailed below.

Posted on December 18, 2012

As winter weather approaches, Grand Valley's emergency closing policy is detailed below.

In evaluating whether or not 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 as reported by the State Police and Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority; weather reports regarding the storm and other changing conditions.

No announcement is made when the university is open.

Definition of the words “canceled” and “closed” pertaining to faculty and staff members are below:
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.    

Normally the Pew Grand Rapids Campus will close only when the Allendale Campus is closed. The decision to close the Meijer Campus in Holland 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 Holland Campus is also closed.

When Muskegon Community College is closed, the Stevenson Center for Higher Education, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, and the Annis Water Resources Institute will be closed. When the decision is made to close the main Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City, Grand Valley’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 Alert Notification System. To sign up for messages regarding university closings, visit Do not call the university switchboard or Grand Valley Police Department to ask about closings.

For a more detailed update on campus conditions and area roads, tune to WGVU-FM 88.5, WGVS-FM 95.3, WGVU-AM 1480 or WGVS-AM 850. Every effort will be made to make the decision to close so that the announcement can be sent to the radio 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 Alert 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 to report. Essential departments are defined as Grand Valley Police Department, Facilities Services, Food Service, Housing, Information Technology, Library, WGVU-AM/FM/TV, Fieldhouse Management, Pew Campus Operations and 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:

Overnight parking is prohibited in any area other than residential lots except with permission of the director of Public Safety Services. Parking between the hours of 3-7 a.m. is 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 Grand Valley 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. Any 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 all Grand Valley regional centers except with permission from the Pew Campus Security Office, (616) 331-6677.


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