A message from Interim Chancellor Donna J. Kuga
In the case of snow or ice, I will consult with the Director of Academic Affairs and the Director of Finance and Business before making any decisions about the status of the campus. Because you pay tuition for our courses and there are students living on campus, we typically remain open unless the campus can not be cleared or the main roads are impassible. Please note that closures or delays will be rare and are not tied to the local school districts’ announced delays or closures.
Please carefully review the following information regarding weather related closings and postponements, which includes common questions and answers. Our experience with announcements given on the identified radio and television stations (see sidebar) has been mixed, so If you haven’t already done so, I would also strongly encourage you to register for PSUAlert. Once registered, you will receive an immediate text message on your cell phone if any special campus weather announcements are made. To sign up for PSUAlert, please go to http://psualert.psu.edu.
You may also check the status of the campus by going to the Penn State Beaver web site at http://www.beaver.psu.edu/. In the event of a weather problem, a notice will be placed on the home page.
Lastly, you could also call the SNO number (724-773-3766) to determine the status of Beaver campus. Every attempt will be made to have the appropriate message placed on that number by no later than 6:30 a.m. regarding day classes and 4:00 p.m. regarding evening classes.
Common Questions and Answers
Q. Why doesn’t the campus announce class delays in the morning when 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 that begin at 8:00 a.m. 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, but the campus does not. Hence, canceling classes eliminates the class time you have paid for. We also have students living on campus who can 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(s) as soon as possible to let them know why you were not in attendance. Ultimately, it is up to each professor to determine how they handle these types of absences, but I 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. Often, especially early in the winter, newscasts tend to sensationalize the road conditions. We depend on first-hand reports of road conditions to determine whether or not they are passable.
Q. If the start of classes is delayed, how do I know which class(es) to attend?
A. Some campuses use what is called a compressed schedule, where the entire schedule changes by using shorter classes. However, we follow the existing schedule no matter what time we start. For instance, if the start of classes is delayed until 10:00 a.m., you would attend your scheduled 10:00 a.m. class at the regular time and follow your schedule through the rest of the day.
Q. Are day and evening classes treated differently?
A. They are. Decisions about day classes are made by 6:30 a.m. and decisions regarding evening classes (starting times of 6:00 p.m. or later) are made by 4:00 p.m. It is possible to have any portion of the schedule cancelled.
Q. If my class if cancelled, will it be made up?
A. Some instructors may attempt to set a make-up session when students are available.
Q. Why aren’t the sidewalks always clear?
A. If the snow is occurring during the day, it is sometimes impossible to keep up with clearing the sidewalks. The maintenance crew will continue to make multiple passes to keep sidewalks and roadways as clear as possible. At times, the temperatures are low enough that salt will not melt the snow and ice, so it is important that everyone is careful as they walk across the campus. As temperatures warm and / or the sun comes out, the salt is able to melt the snow and ice.
PSUAlert - To register, click on http://psualert.psu.edu
Information about campus closings and delays will be posted on the Penn State Beaver home page at www.beaver.psu.edu.
WMBA (1460 AM)
KDKA (1020 AM)
WBVP (1230 AM)
WTAE (1250 AM)
Cancellation of day classes does not automatically mean cancellation of evening classes and the opposite is also true.