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Policy reminders for closings, cancellations

  • Grand Valley will close or cancel all or part of its operations in cases of emergency, utility disruptions or for weather-related reasons.

Posted on December 11, 2017

Grand Valley will close or cancel all or part of its operations in cases of emergency, utility disruptions or for weather-related reasons.

Cancellation means classes will not be held and all staff members are to report to work at their regular time. Closure or closed means classes and campus events will not be held and only essential staff are to report to work. 

Designated personnel in the following departments are deemed essential: Department of Public Safety, Facilities Services, Fieldhouse management, Food Service, Housing, Information Technology, Library, Pew Campus Operations and WGVU Public Media. Appointing officers have discretion to call in non-essential staff as circumstances may require.

In evaluating whether to close for weather-related reasons, the following criteria are used: the ability of the university’s road crews to keep campus roads and parking lots cleared, the conditions of primary and secondary roads in the area and weather reports regarding the track of the storm and other conditions.

A diligent effort is made to arrive at a reasonable decision that considers the safety of students as well as their right to receive instruction. Under no circumstances does Grand Valley ask students, faculty or staff to assume undue risk in traveling to the university in inclement weather.

When the Allendale Campus is closed because of weather-related conditions, the Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the Meijer Holland Campus will also close.

When Muskegon Community College is closed, GVSU classes in Muskegon are canceled and the office in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education will close.

When Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City is closed, GVSU classes in Traverse City are canceled and the office in the NMC University Center will close.

Decisions to close or cancel activities at the Annis Water Resources Institute, the Muskegon Innovation Hub and the Detroit Center will be made separately, as these facilities host tenants, business events and research functions not affiliated with university operations.

In the event of a cancellation or closure on a specified exam day, any classroom-based exams affected would be held on the next available day after the exam week has concluded. For example, if a Tuesday exam day were affected, the next available day after the conclusion of the exam week would be Saturday. 

In the event of a cancellation or closure during exam week, faculty who are able to modify their exams to allow for online, take-home or similar formats may do so for all students who agree. Faculty have an obligation to provide the option to students to be examined in the manner described in the syllabus, and for those students, exams will be scheduled as described above.