Eastern Michigan University
Environmental Health & Safety
Campus / Building Closure
For any event, including severe weather, that threatens Eastern Michigan University, EMU’s President, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the Physical Plant, will decide if the University will close. Eastern Michigan is committed to fulfilling its instructional obligations, so it is EMU’s intent to conduct classes as long as it can maintain reasonable conditions on campus, and the roads in the immediate areas are reasonably passable.
For severe weather events, Eastern Michigan’s Department of Public Safety and the Physical Plant monitor conditions during a weather alert and receives frequent updates regarding weather conditions and road advisories. The University takes into account the condition of campus parking lots and roads; the availability of uninterrupted electrical service; the condition of state and local roads as indicated by road and storm advisories; weather forecasts; ice, wind and severe cold temperatures.
Closure Decision Times
1. The decision to remain open or to cancel morning classes (those starting before 11:30 a.m.) will be made before 6 a.m., (if timing for the decision permits), in order to provide sufficient time to notify the media and the University community.
2. The decision to remain open or to cancel afternoon classes (11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will be made before 9:30 a.m.
3. The decision to remain open or to cancel evening classes (those starting at 5 p.m. or later) will be made before 3 p.m. (if timing for the decision permits).
1. After a decision is made to close the University, the office of University Communications is immediately notified. University Communications will:
- Send an emergency text message to those who have registered for the Rave Emergency Text Alert service. Notify the EMU Switchboard (734.487.1849).
- Notify WEMU 89.1 FM and other local media.
- Post detailed information on the EMU homepage www.emich.edu, the my.emich announcements page and the EMU closure page, www.emich.edu/uniovcomm/closureinfo/emuclosings.
2. EMU Public Safety will disseminate the information through the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN).
3. The cancellation of programs at off-site locations, athletic events and special events will be made on a case-specific basis, and will be announced through the EMU home page and the closures page.
4. Information regarding any closings will also be carried on the EMU Newsline (734.487.2460); the switchboard (734.487.1849); WEMU (89.1 FM); WJR (760 AM); WWJ (950 AM) WAAM (1600 AM).
Conditions for temporary closure of a building include, but are not limited to, incidents of mechanical, electrical or other facility-related failures; health, safety and/or environmental issues such as hazardous spills; other disaster conditions and/or data communication disruptions.
In the event that conditions exist requiring the temporary closure of a building or section of a building, other than for immediate safety concerns, the decision to close the building or section of the building is made by the Physical Plant in consultation with the appropriate University department(s) such as Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Information Technology, Human Resources, Risk Management, the President and/or Provost and the Building Administrator.
Temporary closing of a building must be communicated immediately to the University community.
1. Physical Plant staff will:
- Notify University Communications.
- Notify Public Safety.
- Notify Human Resources.
- Notify the Provost if academic departments and/or classes are affected.
2. University Communications will:
- Send an email to the campus community regarding the closure.
- Notify the EMU Switchboard at 734.487.1849.
- Post the closure information on the EMU homepage www.emich.edu.
3. The Provost will:
- Notify the affected academic department(s).
- Notify Academic Human Resources.
4. The Building Administrator will:
- Post signs at all entrances to the affected building(s) and/or areas(s).
- E-mail the affected department heads and directors of the building closure and any special actions they need to take.