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How to find out if WMU is closed

Feb. 1, 2011

Photo of Western Michigan University is Open sign.KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will immediately announce closings due to severe weather or emergency conditions. Assume the University is open and will continue normal operation unless notified in one of three ways.

1. Go to www.wmich.edu

Closing announcements will be posted immediately on the WMU home page and additional information will be posted in WMU News as it becomes available. Refresh Web pages to see the most-recent version.

2. Call (269) 387-1001

Closing announcements will be available on the emergency information line.

3. Check radio and TV

Area radio and television stations are notified as soon as a decision is made to close WMU.

WMU Alert will not be used to announce weather closings. The University's emergency telephone alert system is reserved for situations of extreme, imminent danger.

Assume WMU is open

In the absence of notification via one of the methods listed, all normal operations will continue as scheduled. University closings due to severe weather or other conditions are rare.

Regional locations (branch campuses)

If the main campus is closed, all regional locations are automatically closed. If a regional location closes--but not the main campus in Kalamazoo--the affected regional location will make a separate announcement. Separate regional-location closings will not be posted on the main University Web pages or emergency information line.

Weather-related WMU closings since 1999

1999, Jan. 4-5--Heavy snowfall delayed the start of spring semester.

2000, Nov. 21-22--Thanksgiving recess began Tuesday because of snow.

2006, Dec. 1--An ice storm downed trees, caused power outages.

2007, Feb. 5--Extreme cold and snow closed many Michigan colleges.

2008, Feb. 1--WMU closed due to snow.

2009, Dec. 10--Blizzard conditions closed WMU.

University Policy for Closures

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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