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Inclement Weather

With the winter season approaching, it is possible and even likely that extreme weather conditions may occur. While our general policy will be to keep the University open, the need may arise to close the campus for the safety of our faculty, staff, and students during extreme circumstances. 

When hazardous conditions are judged to exist, all or parts of the campuses of the University may be closed for specified periods of time. The decision to close the University is made by the Vice-Chancellor for Administration in consultation with the Illinois State Police, the National Weather Service, the SIUE Police Department, Facilities Management, the Provost, and the Chancellor. 

In the event of extreme weather, the following radio stations have agreed to cover changing conditions and closures as they occur: KMOX (AM 1120), WSIE (FM 88.7), WBGZ (AM 1570), WSMI (AM 1540, and WGEL (FM 101.7). Additionally, three television stations have agreed to provide information relevant to University operations and programs: KTVI-Channel 2, KMOV-Channel 4, and KSDK-Channel 5.  

Notices will also be posted at the University website, emails will be sent to faculty, staff, and student listservs; voice mail will be sent to faculty and staff office phones; and e-lert text messages will be sent to faculty, staff, and students who have registered to receive them. (To sign up for e-lert text messages, go to   

(Because it is important to keep police telephone lines open during hazardous weather, please do not call the University Police Department to inquire about University closures.) 

Since safe transportation to and from the campus depends on many factors, such as distance, specific road conditions in home areas, etc., individuals are urged to exercise discretion and sound judgment concerning travel. 

Whatever the conditions, please drive safely. 

Morris Taylor, Ph.D., MPA