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Severe Weather

Kutztown University reminds students, faculty and staff to be aware of the institution's procedures and information for severe weather.

Severe weather includes, but is not limited to, hurricanes, significant snow and/or ice storms.

Operational Decisions

The decision to open, delay or close Kutztown University due to poor weather is always a difficult one.  In the event that severe weather conditions threaten to disrupt class and/or administrative office schedules, the primary concern will be the safety and welfare of the students, faculty and staff. In such situations, the following plan will be initiated:

Decision Times

University decision about cancellations or closings are typically made by 5:30 a.m. for morning classes, 11 a.m. for afternoon classes, and 2 p.m. for evening classes.  Changing weather conditions sometimes alter these time frames.

Although it is our goal to have the campus access ways as clear as possible when we are open in these situations, we judge our ability to be ready for business once the main ADA-compliant pathways and entrance doors are ready for use. 

If you are commuting, please be sure to check-in with the "Media to Monitor" listed below for any changes in the business status of the university (always be safe when checking-in during your commute).

Typical Severe Weather Alerts

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, CLASSES BEGIN AT ____/LIBERAL LEAVE. If the class and/or administrative office day has yet to begin, a delayed class schedule may be put into effect. Essential employees must report at regular time, unless otherwise directed. All staff employees must report on time or use liberal leave.  In this instance, classes normally in progress at the time classes begin, will begin at the adjusted time (i.e. A class is normally 9 a.m. until noon.  Classes at KU begin at 10 a.m., the 9 a.m. until noon class will be held from 10 a.m. until noon).

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, CLASSES CANCELED/LIBERAL LEAVE. This decision will be made prior to or during the class and/or administrative office schedule. If the class schedule has begun, classes may be curtailed for the remainder of the day at a designated hour including evening classes. Essential employees must remain and/or report, unless otherwise directed and all offices are open. All staff employees must report on time, remain at work or utilize liberal leave.  Other programs and events, whether sponsored by the university or not, may or may not be canceled.   If classes are canceled after a certain point in the day, any classes that are in progress at the designated closure time may meet up until that time.

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, CLOSED. In dangerous or extreme weather conditions the university will be closed. All classes and services will be canceled.  University events may be canceled as well.  South Dining Hall, the Student Recreation Center, the Health and Wellness Center and the McFarland Student Union will remain open.   Essential employees must remain and/or report, unless otherwise directed. Except in the rare case of multiple consecutive full day closings (RE: Management Directive 530.17), other employees are not required to take leave.

Essential Personnel

Staff members designated to be critical to the continuation of key university operations and services.  Essential personnel status is communicated to designated employees as part of the position description or via a separate communication.

Liberal Leave for Non-Instructional Employees

Non-faculty employees must utilize annual, personal or documented compensatory time for work missed if they choose to leave campus or not report to work. Under conditions of Liberal Leave, all supervisors/department chairpersons will grant submitted leave requests. (In the absence of available paid leave, Leave Without Pay - AO will be approved).  Each individual non-essential employee will have factors unique to his/her situation and must decide if travel in inclement weather is appropriate. However, non-essential employees must inform their supervisor/department chairperson of their decision to remain at home and must take appropriate leave.

Faculty Responsibilities

When classes are canceled and the university is open, the expectation is that faculty will meet their scheduled responsibilities and serve their students. If faculty determine that they are unable to meet their scheduled responsibilities, they need to reschedule or to provide an alternative means to meet those responsibilities so as to meet the needs of the students, colleagues and the university. Faculty will communicate these plans to their chair and, when appropriate, to their students.

Deciding to attend class/work in pending/current inclement weather situations

In severe weather conditions, safety is foremost.  Each individual non-essential employee and student will have factors unique to their situation and must decide if travel in inclement weather is appropriate.   However, non-essential employees must inform their supervisor/ department chairperson of their decision to remain at home and must take appropriate lead.  

Students should keep open communication with their professors in such instances.  Students assigned to off-campus locations for internships or student teaching must contact their employer/supervisor about whether or not to report for work.

Media to Monitor

University information can be obtained in several ways:

Emergency Snow Lots on Campus

Emergency snow lots have been designated as follows:  lot A-2 (near Beekey), lot B-1 (front of Grim), and lot F-1 (behind Stratton Administration).  These lots have all been appropriately signed as snow lots.

From Nov. 15-March 15 each year, parking is not permitted during the following time periods: midnight until 6 a.m. in lots A-2 and B-1, and 3-6 a.m. in lot F-1. Violators are subject to fines and/or having their vehicles towed.   Disabled vehicles will be excluded if notification is received by the Department of Public Safety & Police Services from the owner, prior to the date in question.  

KU's Snow and Ice Removal Plan

For further information on the university's on-campus snow and ice removal plan, please visit:

Winter Outdoor Safety Link

Borough of Kutztown Information