WMU closed Monday Jan. 27, due to severe weather

Contact: Cara Barnes
Photo of snow-covered trees.

WMU is closed Monday, Jan. 27.

KALAMAZOO—Except for essential and emergency services, Western Michigan University is closed Monday, Jan. 27, due to severe weather. All classes are canceled.

The closure includes the University's main campuses. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.

This article will be updated with event cancellations and special hours as information becomes available.



  • The Physics Colloquium lecture "Impressions From the Gauge/String Duality," set for 4 p.m. in 1110 Rood Hall, is canceled.
  • The Burnham-Macmillan Speaker Series lecture "Sex, Slavery and Manumission in Ancient Greece," set for 4 p.m. in 2500 Knauss Hall, is canceled.
  • The first meeting of the common read experience focused on Steve Harvey's "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," is canceled.
  • The guest lecture "The Urban Context of the Early Christians," set for 5:30 p.m. in Waldo Library's Meader Book Room, is canceled.

Not canceled

  • The ministry and mental health forum set for 5 to 8 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church will proceed as planned.

Campus services

  • Bernhard Center—building is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Jan. 27. All offices are closed. The WMU Bookstore is also closed Jan. 27. Biggby Coffee is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Subway is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santorini Island Grill is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dining services—All residence hall dining rooms and late-night carryouts are open when the University closes due to weather. Regular hours and menus are followed. Campus Cafes such as Flossie's, the Plaza Cafe and the Bernhard Cafe are closed. The B3 Coffee Lounge in Bistro3 is also closed.
  • Sindecuse Health Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27.
  • Student Recreation Center is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27. Updates will be posted at wmich.edu/rec.
  • The University Computing Center and Bernhard Center Computer Lab are closed Jan. 27 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.
  • Waldo Library is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27. All branch libraries are closed.

Weather-related University 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 and 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.
  • 2013, Jan. 31—Snow and icy conditions closed WMU.
  • 2014, Jan. 6-7—Significant snowfall and expected severely cold temperatures prompted many Michigan colleges to close. The closure delayed the start of spring semester.
  • 2014, Jan. 27—WMU closed due to cold and blowing snow.