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Emergency Alert Archive

Welcome to the Shepherd University emergency notification site. Emergency notifications are made via the University Web site, local television and radio stations, and the Rave text-messaging system. After initial notification, up-to-the-minute information will be posted to this site. Please check back for the latest details.

Water main break

July 23, 2019

10:13 a.m.–The boil water advisory has been lifted.

July 22, 2019

4:18 a.m.–A water main break has been reported on west campus. A boil water alert has been put into effect.

4:54 a.m.–All buildings on West Campus Dr. are on a boil water alert:

Butcher Center and Frank Center have no water.

Snow Closure: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Posted 4 p.m.

Shepherd University will be closed Wednesday, January 27.

For those students on campus, the women’s and men’s basketball teams will play Glenville State in the Butcher Center Tuesday, January 26. Women’s game is 5:30 p.m.; men play at 7:30 p.m.

The Wellness Center will be open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Snow Closure: Monday, January 25, 2016

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

Shepherd University will be closed Tuesday, January 26.

The Wellness Center will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 24-hour room at Scarborough Library is now open.

Snow Closure: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Posted at 12:45 p.m.

Shepherd University will be closed Monday, January 25.

The Wellness Center is open Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. BUT there is no parking available.

Pedestrians walking on campus please use caution.

Snow Closure: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Posted at 3:15 p.m.

Shepherd University will be closed Sunday, January 24.

Snow Closure: Friday, January 22, 2016

Posted at 9:30 p.m.

Shepherd University will be closed Saturday, January 23.

Posted at 2:30 p.m.

Although Shepherd University will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22, services to on-campus residential students will remain open after 3:30 p.m.

The Student Center will be open Friday evening until 9 p.m. for the Program Board’s “Snow Day” event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Wellness Center will remain open until 9 p.m. on Friday.

The Dining Hall will be the only food operation open during the weekend. The Dining Hall will close at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 22, and will be open normal brunch hours Saturday and Sunday: brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner 4 to 8 p.m.

Check back here for updates throughout the weekend.

Sexual Assault Alert Update: 8:40 P.M. 2-3-15

The Shepherd University Police Department has arrested 32 year old Jeremiah Goodwin and charged him with the violent assault that occurred on the evening of February 1 near Shaw Hall.  Goodwin is not a Shepherd student.  Members of the Shepherd Police Department have worked extended shifts continuously since the assault was reported, both to implement expanded patrols on campus and to steadily pursue the investigation to this successful conclusion.

The assistance of the Shepherdstown Police Department and a number of students and community members has been invaluable in these efforts.

Sexual Assault Alert Update: 4:33 P.M. 2-2-15

Reports of suspicious persons have proven very helpful as law enforcement continues to investigate the Sunday evening assault that occurred behind Shaw Hall, but at present no arrest has been made and no suspect has been determined. In light of that, every member of the community is encouraged to use caution while police continue to search for this violent offender.

Students may notice more police cars on campus. Unless you receive additional RAVE messaging, you may assume that this reflects preventive efforts, rather than any new incidents occurring.

As a reminder, the University’s Annual Crime and Fire Report includes not only crime and fire incident statistics, but also explanations of emergency response procedures and some safety tips for students.

We also encourage students to use the underpass for pedestrian/bicycle passage between East and West Campus. The use of the High Street crosswalk by students creates a risk of motorists failing to see the student, especially after dark.

Sexual Assault Alert Update: 9:30 A.M. 2-2-15

The Shepherd University Police Department and the Shepherdstown Police Department are continuing to work closely together to investigate an assault on a female student Sunday night, at approximately 7:50 p.m. The Shepherd student was walking along the rear sidewalks behind Shaw Hall when an assailant attacked her. After the assault was initiated, the victim-survivor was able to scream and this prompted the assailant to run away. The police departments are working with a partial description which the victim-survivor was able to provide, together with two other reports from other pedestrians who identified a suspicious person, both on campus and in town. The departments are attempting to locate a person of interest. The assistance of the entire campus community in responding to the emergency condition on Sunday night is appreciated, and all reports of information of suspicious activity on campus or in the town are helpful and are encouraged.

We encourage the entire campus community to review helpful resource information about interpersonal violence at