Public Safety

Adverse Weather Procedures

Weather-related road conditions sometimes necessitate that the University consider delaying opening, canceling classes, closing, or remaining open. This decision is made by the Vice President for Finance and Administration in coordination with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Public Safety.

When the campus remains open during adverse weather, employees must use their best judgment when it comes to commuting to and from the workplace. They should not endanger themselves nor ignore the statements of local officials about traveling during adverse weather. Staff and faculty should make every effort to notify their supervisor if they cannot get to work or plan to leave early.

If the decision is to delay, cancel classes, or close, that information is communicated to the campus community beginning at 5:30am. Notifications are made through www.butler.edu, local radio and TV stations, email notifications to butler.edu addresses, and voicemail and text message alerts through Dawg Alert. You can also find updates via Twitter by following @DawgAlert and ButlerU.

Following are the three designations University officials use:

Delay:The University will open a designated number of hours after 8 am.

Classes canceled:Classes are canceled for the day but the University remains open. In the event of inclement weather, staff and faculty should use their best judgment when it comes to commuting to and from the workplace, and make every effort to notify their supervisor if they cannot get to work.

Closed:The University is officially closed, and classes are canceled for the day. Some student services, including the dining hall, will remain open.