Winter Is Coming, So Check out the Inclement Weather Policy
For the most reliable postponement, closing and reopening information, members of the Wilkes community and campus visitors should rely on the only four official sources of information:
- Wilkes' homepage (www.wilkes.edu) under "News Room" section.
- MyWilkes Web Portal (http://mywilkes.wilkes.edu)
- Inclement Weather Hotline (570) 408-SNOW (7669)
- Emergency Text Messaging - Click here for more information.
The University's goal is to keep the campus open whenever possible. In the event of inclement weather, University officials will make every attempt to render a prompt decision regarding curtailment of classes and activities.
Decisions will be based on weather forecasts, campus conditions and the conditions surrounding the University. The University will continue operation of essential and emergency services during inclement weather closings.
Once a decision to curtail operations has been made, the information will be disseminated on campus and to the media and will indicate whether classes are canceled or if we are moving to a compressed schedule. Every effort will be made to make morning announcements by 6 a.m. and decisions regarding evening classes by 4 p.m.
Announcements regarding delays or cancellations will be made on local radio and television stations. Students, faculty and staff may also call the Inclement Weather Hotline (408-SNOW - 408-7669) to learn if class and work schedules have been altered. Callers will hear a recorded message announcing any change in schedule. Information on class cancellations or work-schedule changes will be placed on the line as soon as it becomes official.
Students cross-registered at King's College and Misericordia University should be certain to check the decisions made for those campuses.
When the University closes, full-time and part-time employees who are scheduled to work during declared times of closing will be granted time off from work with pay. Employees who are not scheduled to work will not be paid for the closing.
When the decision has been made not to curtail operations, but traveling conditions are unsafe along an employee's route to work, staff are encouraged to use their judgment and take vacation leave or a personal day if necessary. Staff members who have not accrued vacation or personal leave will not be compensated when they miss work because of inclement weather. Staff who are on sick leave, vacation, family and medical leave or taking a personal day when a closing occurs must report the leave as originally scheduled.
|Regular night-class schedule|
Tue, Thu Compressed Schedule
|1pm, resume regular class schedule.|
Saturday and Sunday
|8:30 - 12:30pm||10 - 1:30pm|
|1:30 - 5:30pm||2 - 5:30pm|
Afternoon/Evening Schedule Only
During inclement weather, as an alternative to the compressed schedule, the University may choose to open at noon, remaining on a regular class schedule. This option will preserve the afternoon and evening schedule, and allow an extra two hours for road and weather conditions to improve. The notice given to the media will read: University opens at noon, maintain regular class schedule
Off Campus Sites
Off campus classes follow the host site.