How to find out if WMU is closed
Feb. 1, 2011
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.
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.
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