Eastern Michigan University cancels all classes for Tuesday, January 7, due to severe weather conditions

by Walter Kraft, Published January 06, 2014

Due to the continuing extreme weather conditions, Eastern Michigan University has canceled all classes Tuesday, Jan. 7. This includes all planned campus activities, lectures and events. The National Weather Service continues to report hazardous weather conditions and the coldest temperatures in 20 years in Michigan, including a wind chill warning and winter weather advisory for the Washtenaw County region. Wind chill temperatures in the region are forecast to reach 39 below on Tuesday.

The University plans to be open on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for regular business and classes.

Due to the 24/7 nature of some campus operations, certain designated personnel such as heating plant, physical plant, food service, public safety, WEMU and other employees within specific areas of the University may be required to work. Employees who are required to work will be notified by their supervisors. President Susan Martin would like to thank all employees who are working today and tomorrow to support those essential services.

All other employees should remain at home in accordance with the Eastern Michigan University Weather Policy and applicable collective bargaining agreement at http://www.emich.edu/hr/employeerelations/contracts.php. During the period of closure, all employees are expected to check the University closure website and other media sources to receive updates regarding the closure and reopening of campus.

For the benefit of students on campus in residence halls, campus dining/food service for Tuesday will be consolidated to the following:

   • Eastern Eateries  - regular hours 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

   • QuickFixx - regular hours 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

   • CrossRoads MarketPlace - regular hours 7 a.m.-11 p.m. 

We urge students, faculty, other academic personnel, and staff to avoid travel if possible. The wind-driven snow may create hazardous travel conditions, while the predicted temperatures and wind chills could lead to frostbite or hypothermia. Stay inside if you can. If you do go outdoors, make sure to cover any exposed skin. If you are traveling, please make sure you have warm clothing with you and readily available.

The Physical Plant offers the following advice/reminders for those who are on campus:

  • Apartments and rooms with a western exposure are more adversely affected by the wind. Keeping the shades drawn in those locations will minimize drafts. 
  • All exterior doors and windows must remain closed. 
  • Do not use stoves as a heat source.

University leaders are closely monitoring the situation, and we will communicate additional information as warranted. Students, faculty and staff should monitor their emich.edu email and www.emich.edu for further updates. If you have not signed up for the RAVE emergency text alert system, please do so at www.emich.edu/alerts/.



Walter Kraft



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