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Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances

Class cancellations and delays are occasionally necessary due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Weather cancellations apply to all on- and off-campus locations unless otherwise announced. Cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances may apply to a specific site. The decision to cancel is not made by individual instructors; the college administration is responsible for the decision. When possible, announcements will be made on:

 

WTRF-TV Wheeling (Channel 7) and WTOV-TV Steubenville (Channel 9) concerning the next day’s classes as well as the College’s main website www.belmontcollege.edu. The following radio stations will broadcast day and/or evening

class cancellations: JACK-FM/Bellaire; WILE-AM/Cambridge; WOMP-AM/ Bellaire, WCMJ-FM/Cambridge; WSTV-M/Steubenville; WWVA-AM/Wheeling; WOVK-FM/Wheeling; KOOL-FM/ Bellaire; WKKX-AM/Wheeling; WBBD-AM/Wheeling; WEGW-FM/Wheeling; WEEL-FM/Wheeling; WVKF-FM/ Wheeling; WKWK-FM/Wheeling; WBNV-FM /Barnesville; WWKC-FM/Caldwell; and WTUZ, Dover.

 

The decision to delay or cancel classes is based upon the Weather Officer Decision Protocol. Information concerning the weather will be obtained by the Weather Officer designated by the President. The following information will apply to cancellation decisions:

 

  • A decision to delay the start of classes will be reached by 6 a.m. and announced on the stations listed.
  • If weather conditions continue to deteriorate, a decision to cancel classes for the day will be reached by 8 am and announced on the same stations.
  •  If it is necessary to cancel evening classes (those beginning after 5 pm), a separate announcement will be made by 3 pm.

 

In addition, a message will be placed on the College voice mail system so students, faculty, and staff may call in to verify the operational status of the College.

Closure/Cancellation Definitions

 

College Closed – This means that no one should report to the college facilities (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities Management).

 

Classes Cancelled – This means that we have cancelled classes and that staff, to the best of their ability and within their best judgment of safety, should report to work (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of  Facilities Management).

 

Begin with a ___ o’clock schedule – This means that we are delaying for a period of time and that all activities will start at the hour assigned.  All instructors and students should report to wherever they would have been at ___ o’clock, had there been no delay. Staff should report as necessary for a ___ o’clock start (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities Management).

 

For example:  “We will begin with a 10 o’clock schedule” means that all instructors and students should be wherever they would have been at 10:00 a.m. if there had been no delay.  Staff should report as necessary for a 10:00 a.m. start (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities Management).

 

There will be a ___-hour delay – Delay is based on a start time of 8:00 a.m.  All instructors and students should report to wherever they would have been at ___ o’clock had there been no delay.  Staff should report as necessary for a ___ o’clock start (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of

Facilities Management).

 

Examples:  “There will be a 1-hour delay” means that instructors and students should be wherever they would have been at 9:00 a.m. if there had been no delay.  Staff should report as necessary for a 9:00 a.m. start (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities Management).

 

“There will be a 2-hour delay” means that instructors and students should be wherever they would have been at 10:00 a.m. if there had been no delay.  Staff should report as necessary for a 10:00 a.m. start (with the exception of maintenance staff, who should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities Management).

 

Evening Classes are Cancelled – This means that all classes that start after 5:00 p.m. will not meet.  The College will be closed when the last class in session at 5:00 p.m. has ended.  Maintenance staff should report as instructed by the Director of Facilities