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Campus Closed Wednesday January 28

1/28/2009 —
THE CAMPUS IS CLOSED today, Wednesday, January 28, 2009, due to the weather.

See frequently asked questions (FAQ) below regarding detailed information about delays and closing.


Weather Alerts: School Closings and Delay Information

In the event of snow, severe storms, or other emergencies, information about the status of the campus (e.g., class delays or cancellations; campus closing) can be obtained by phone on a pre-recorded message. Call the campus bulletin board phone at 412-675-9200, Option #1.

Other ways in which such information can be found include the following:

   * Radio (KDKA-1020 AM);
   * Television (KDKA-TV Channel 2; WTAE-TV Channel 4; WPXI-TV Channel
     11) or the Internet (http://www.kdka.com/,
      http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/, http://www.wpxi.com/);
   * The front page of the Penn State Greater Allegheny web site
   * PSUTXT, which provides updates via text message and/or email. To
     receive PSUTXT messages for Greater Allegheny, go to
     http://newswires.psu.edu/ and follow the instructions to subscribe.

/Cancellation of day classes does not automatically mean cancellation of evening classes or vice versa./

*Weather FAQ*

*Q. Why doesn’t the campus delay classes on the mornings local school districts announce delays?*
A. Local school districts typically start classes for all students around 7:30 a.m. We have just a few classes at 8:00 during the winter semester. Also, K ­ 12 students must wait along the area roads in the bad weather to catch their buses. Area schools also have the ability to make up lost days. We are an institution of higher education, whose curriculum is supported by direct tuition; hence, cancelling classes eliminates the class time for which you have paid. We also have students living on campus who walk to class.

*Q. If the campus is open, am I required to come to class?
*A. It is your decision on whether or not you are comfortable driving on the roads to campus. If you do not make it to class, it is important for you to contact your professor as soon as possible to let him or her know why you were not in attendance. Ultimately, it is up to each professor to determine how he or she will handle these types of absences, but we believe they will be reasonable and understanding.

*Q. Why isn’t the campus closed on some days when the news is reporting hazardous road conditions?*
A. We view and listen to the weather and traffic reports, but we also depend on first hand reports of road conditions received through our campus maintenance and police persons to determine whether or not they are passable.
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