As a commuter campus, Penn State Fayette has established a closing/delay protocol to prevent student travel to campus when classes are canceled.
In cases of inclement weather, one of four options will be selected by the Penn State Fayette Chancellor:
- Classes/business as usual.
- Class delay 10:00 a.m. start.
- Classes canceled (offices open).
- Campus closed (essential personnel only).
The Chancellor will decide which option is most appropriate under the conditions, and the media will be contacted by:
6:00 a.m. for that morning if an overnight storm.
8:00 a.m. if class delay changed to cancellation or closing.
4:00 p.m. for class beginning 6:00 p.m. or later.
- Campus emergency closing and class delays or cancellations will be announced over radio and television stations WMBS, WPKL, FROGGY, WLSW, WANB, WTAE, WPXI and KDKA.
- Closings and delays will also be announced via a pop-up window on Penn State Fayette's website and via telephone by dialing 724-430-4100 and selecting option 5 and by PSUTXT.
- Class delay (See below).
- Class cancellation means that no classes will be held on campus.
- Campus closing means that no classes or campus offices will be operating.
- All off campus classes (both day and evening) will receive course information via "telephone trees" under the direction of the instructor, if different from what is indicated above.
Class Delay Schedule
In the event of a delay, follow normal class schedule beginning at 10:00 a.m.
(8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. classes will NOT be held.)
In the event of a delay, follow normal class schedule with the 9:25 a.m. class beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Faculty will notify students via e-mail of any additional changes for their particular class(es).
To provide early notification to our students, we are requesting that faculty notify Rita Gumbert (724-430-4173) prior to 6:30 a.m. if you are canceling your early morning class(es) for that day. This is especially important if you are canceling class but the campus remains open. Rita will then place an announcement on the campus voice mail system identifying your class as being cancelled. She will also notify Bill Hager, who will place the announcement on our website. Rita will additionally call the Office of Academic Affairs to complete the notification loop. Late morning, early afternoon, and evening class cancellation notices should be directed to Academic Affairs (724-430-4140) until 5:00 p.m., and to Continuing Education (724-430-4212) after 5:00 p.m.
With this redundant system, hopefully we will get closing/delay information to all members of the Penn State Fayette community in a timely manner. Students now will be able to determine the status of their classes from multiple sources: radio; television; campus voice mail; campus website; and text messages.
If you have any reservations about the safety of travel, use your discretion and judgment concerning whether to make the trip.
To learn if the campus is delaying the start of classes or canceling day and/or evening classes, the following area media will be alerted. These stations were selected because they cover Penn State Fayette's service area:
- Radio Stations
- WMBS AM—590
- WPKL FM—99.3
- WOGI FM—98.3
- WOGG FM—94.9
- WOGF FM—104.3
- WLSW FM—104.0
- WANB FM—103.1
- TV Stations
- KDKA TV—Channel 2
- WTAE TV—Channel 4
- WPXI TV—Channel 11
If the two-hour delay is announced, check these stations again to be sure that classes have not been canceled for the day. Individual faculty may elect to cancel their own classes and are responsible for informing the division heads and establishing the means to inform students about the cancellation and rescheduling of the class.