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Snow Policy

Generally, Shepherd University does not cancel operations because of inclement weather. Unlike the K-12 schools, the University has different operational issues because some of our students live on campus.  If severe weather conditions render it dangerous for commuter 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.

Should an extreme weather emergency or power or water failure warrant the closing of offices and/or canceling or altering the schedule of classes and events 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; 92.9 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 or by signing up for the Rave text-messaging notification system at

Announcements of emergency plans will be communicated by 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 2 p.m. Announcements for weekend classes and events beginning before 4:00 p.m. will be communicated by 7 a.m. For weekend events beginning after 4p.m. announcements will be communicated by 2 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.