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Inclement Weather Alert
Thursday, June 22, 2017
There are no alerts at this time.


Generally, because we are a residential campus, we want to keep classes and services for students as fully operational as possible. Please assume that unless you hear otherwise, scheduled classes and events are continuing.

That being said, to be mindful of a few important principles:

  • Safety. Be extra cautious on campus and community roads and walkways. Take your time, and assume that surfaces are slippery. Before driving, clear the snow from your vehicle, and be sure you have plenty of gas for delays and windshield fluid for the salt on the roads.
  • Good judgment. Those who live off campus are in the best position to know whether you should be on the roads, given your commute, your experience as a winter driver, and your level of fatigue. Staff members who choose to stay home must use accruals, but supervisors should be understanding and supportive of that choice. Turn to friends in town if you need a place to stay; if the floodlights are on at the President’s House, it’s a sign that you’re welcome there if you need a place to wait out the weather or stay.
  • Communication. Use the tools available—texts, email, ONCourse, phone—to connect with those you need to if the weather prevents you from meeting face to face. Faculty who need to cancel class should communicate that to students and their departments as soon as possible.
  • Flexibility and Generosity. When "business as usual" is disrupted, all of us need to be flexible in our approaches and generous with one another. It’s a good idea for faculty and students to think ahead about mobile, electronic alternatives as well.

We will use the website, email, radio/TV stations, and New York Alert -- which we encourage you to register for using the link at the right -- to communicate about any cancellations. Further information is available at this site:


Latest News: Emergencies & Closings

Sign up for NY-Alert


Members of the Fredonia campus community are urged to sign up for NY-Alert, a secure, web-based emergency text, email and voice message alert system maintained by SUNY Administration and the New York State Emergency Management Office. NY-Alert is the primary tool within the mass communication system used on campus during an emergency, and the only alert system which will send messages directly to students, faculty and staff without being having to be logged into email.

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Here are some helpful tips to ensure you stay safe and are prepared to drive home in the winter weather.
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University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings


University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential services (i.e.: Facilities Services, University Services, Residence Life, Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, University Police, and Food and Health Services) must be maintained in spite of severe weather. When cancellation of classes has been declared, the President will notify the Department of Marketing and Communications to facilitate announcements via the campus' emergency messaging channels (NY-Alert, listserv email, website, etc.) and on radio and TV stations across Western New York, if appropriate.

Fredonia's policy states that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at scheduled start times and perform normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. To learn more, visit the Human Resources website.

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