Weather Delays and Closures
Making the decision
For the main campus in Mount Pleasant, our vice president of finance and administrative services consult with others, including CMU's chief of police and associate vice president for facilities management, to decide, based on available information, whether to delay or close the university.
For CMU locations outside of Mount Pleasant, location managers will decide in consultation with their directors. Military locations and university centers will follow the directives of their host installations.
A delayed opening means that due to current conditions, CMU Mount Pleasant locations are not prepared to open before 11 a.m. In the event of a delay, classes on campus and routine operations/activities are canceled until 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted (for exceptions, see "Events and Services During a Delay or Closure" below).
A closure means that due to current conditions, CMU Mount Pleasant locations are not prepared to open for the day. In the event of closure, classes on campus and routine operations/activities are canceled until the next day, unless otherwise noted (for exceptions, see "Events and Services During a Delay or Closure" below).
CMU will inform the community of a delay or closure at least two hours before the start of classes or events — for example by 6 a.m. for 8 a.m. classes.
A decision to turn a delay into a closure for the rest of the day will be made no later than 10 a.m.
Unless there are further notifications, delays and closures expire as specified.
Staffing during a delay or closure
- Only designated essential or recalled staff personnel are to report to campus.
- Only designated essential contractors are to report to campus.
- Faculty and staff continue courses (except face-to-face) and work activities if these functions were previously scheduled for remote instruction/work.
- Faculty and staff who have the ability to work remotely during the closure or delayed start may do so as directed by their supervisor. Supervisors should communicate with their employees when directing a temporary switch to remote work during the closure or delayed start.
- Exceptions to delay or campus closure include residence halls, residential dining facilities, research facilities and critical support operations (i.e. police, information technology and facilities management essential personnel). These employees should check with their supervisor for specific instructions related to working on campus.
- Depending upon the circumstances of each event, other support functions may open earlier and might include University Libraries, the Student Activity Center, the Bovee University Center, campus events and athletics. These employees should check with their supervisor for specific instructions related to working on campus.
- All other employees are not expected to report to campus, until the campus is reopened.
- Pay practices for CMU Employees: Guidance on pay practices for CMU employees impacted by a “delay” or “campus closure” announcement can be found on the CMU Human Resources website.
Communicating a delay or closure
For delays or closures affecting CMU's main campus in Mount Pleasant, students, faculty, and staff will receive notification through:
Events and services during a delay or closure
During a delay or closure:
- Residence halls remain open, and residence hall dining facilities and convenience stores within residence halls are open for regular business hours.
- All campus events are canceled unless communicated otherwise by the organizing department (e.g. CMU Athletics). Check departments' web pages for the latest information.
- Services such as University Recreation and Park Library may continue operations or have different hours during a delay or closure. Check departments' web pages for the latest information.
- All other services, including CMU Health and CMU Counseling Services, will be closed if the university is closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are online and hybrid classes affected?
Weather-related campus delays or closures do not necessarily affect online class sessions. Check with your instructor.
Will there be make-ups for canceled class sessions?
Check course syllabi, Blackboard accounts, and/or email for instructors' policies or plans related to canceled classes.
How can I report weather-related hazards on campus?
Anyone with a CMU global ID may report potential hazards on campus, such as ice on walking paths, by calling 989-774-6547 or 989-774-1847 after business hours and on weekends. You also may submit an online facilities management service request.