Emergency closing policy detailed

The university's emergency closing policy is detailed.
The university's emergency closing policy is detailed.
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Winter has arrived early. The campus community should be familiar with the university’s emergency closing policy.

The following criteria are used when officials evaluate whether or not to close because of severe weather: the 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 Michigan State Police and Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority; weather reports regarding the track of the storm and other changing conditions.

No announcement will be made when the university is open. Definition of the words “canceled” and “closed” as pertains to faculty and staff members follows. “Canceled” means classes and activities will not be held. All staff members are to report to work. “Closed” means only essential employees 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 when considering local weather conditions and decisions by other institutions in the Holland area. If the Allendale Campus is closed, the Holland Campus is also closed.

When Muskegon Community College is closed, Stevenson Center for Higher Education, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and the Annis Water Resources Institute will close. 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 sign up for messages regarding university closings online at www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact. Do not call the  switchboard or Grand Valley Police Department to ask about closings.

For detailed updates on campus conditions and area roads, tune to WGVU radio stations, WGVU-FM 88.5 and WGVS-FM 95.3 and WGVU-AM 1480 and WGVS-AM 850. Decisions are usually made no later than 6:30 a.m. for daytime classes, and 3 p.m. for evening classes. Closings will also be posted at www.gvsu.edu and notifications will be made using the university’s Alert Notification System.

When classes are canceled, staff members are expected to report for work unless the announcement indicates that only “essential staff” needs to report. Essential personnel include these departments: 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

If 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. shall be considered overnight parking.

Parking overnight is only allowed in resident lots and requires 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. Questions should be referred to GVPD 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 at (616) 331-6677.