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Shepherd University Cancellation Policy
Generally, Shepherd University does not cancel operations because of inclement weather. Unlike the K-12 schools, the University has different operational issues and its students are not minor children thus, if severe weather conditions render it dangerous for students to reach the University, those who fail to travel to campus on that particular day will not be put at a serious disadvantage. Individual students who have encountered severe travel conditions should notify their instructors of their absence prior to the next class meeting and should request appropriate arrangements for the makeup of course work.
Employees encountering severe travel conditions should notify their supervisors of their absence and discuss work conditions, leave time, and special needs.
All employees designated as emergency personnel (via a memo from their supervisors) will be required to report at their regular work times regardless of weather conditions, unless otherwise directed by their unit supervisors.
Should an extreme weather emergency or power or water failure warrant the closing of offices and/or canceling or altering the schedule of classes by the President, then public notification will be made via Shepherd Web, switchboard, Rave text-messaging system, and area media. Radio and television stations carrying emergency announcements include: WEPM (1340 AM), WKMZ (95.9 FM), WLTF (97.5 FM), WRNR (740 AM), Martinsburg; WMRE (1550 AM), Charles Town; WUSQ (102.5 FM), WFQX (99.3 FM), WKSI (98.3 FM), WINC (92.5 FM), Winchester; WDHC (1010 AM, 93.5 FM), Berkeley Springs; WJEJ (1240 AM), WWMD (104.7 FM), WHAG-TV Ch. 25, Hagerstown; West Virginia Public Radio; and WUSA-TV Ch. 9, Washington, D.C.
Announcements of emergency plans will also be available by calling 304/876-5000 or on the Web at www.shepherd.edu or by signing up for the Rave text-messaging notification system at www.shepherd.edu/university/rave/.
Announcements of emergency plans will be communicated as early as possible (presumably 6 a.m.) when the emergency condition precedes the start of the work and/or instructional day. When the emergency condition arises during the day, the announcement will be communicated through the heads of those units which may be affected. Announcements concerning evening classes will be communicated by 4:30 p.m.
Please note: Shepherd announces delays and closings only--if Shepherd is not mentioned on designated radio/TV stations as a delay or cancellation, the University is open and operating on its regular schedule.