2008 Archives

SMU Inclement Weather Policy

January 26, 2009

The time of year is here when weather conditions may cause schools and businesses to close. It is the goal of SMU to remain open and hold classes as scheduled. However, if conditions warrant closing, that decision will be made by the President in consultation with the SMU Police and the Provost.

The Office of News and Communications in Public Affairs will attempt to contact the news media by 6 a.m. if day classes must be cancelled. If it becomes necessary to cancel evening classes or events, News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 4 p.m.

In addition to notifying the media of a decision to close SMU, the following steps are taken to notify the university community:

  • An e-mail message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Closing announcements may be obtained by calling 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636). Please do not call the SMU Police Department.
  • Closing announcements will be posted on the SMU web site.

If SMU remains open, faculty, students, and staff are expected to report to their classrooms or offices. If someone lives in an area that is affected by bad weather and feels that travel to campus would be an unreasonable safety risk, that individual should contact his or her supervisor or department head to discuss possible options. For staff members, an absence when SMU is officially open must be taken as vacation leave. Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case.

The Office of News and Communications will notify the media listed below as soon as possible, although we cannot guarantee that each station will announce the information promptly or fully. The radio and television stations will not accept information on closings unless it comes from the Office of News and Communications.

The following radio and television stations will be notified if a decision is made to close SMU because of inclement weather.

FM Radio Stations

  • KERA 90.1
  • KEGL 97.1
  • KLUV 98.7
  • WRR 101.1
  • KDMX 102.9
  • KVIL 103.7
  • KESS 107.9

AM Radio Stations

  • KLIF 570
  • KRLD 1080
  • WBAP 820

Television Stations

  • KDFW Channel 4
  • KXAS Channel 5
  • WFAA Channel 8
  • KTVT Channel 11
  • KUVN Channel 23
  • KDAF Channel 33
  • KXTX Channel 39
    (Telemundo-Dallas)

SMU-in-Plano and other locations away from the main SMU campus:

Should the main SMU campus close because of inclement weather, SMU-in-Plano and all other Metroplex locations also will close. However, inclement weather may cause SMU-in-Plano and/or other locations to close independently of the main campus. Should this occur, the above-mentioned procedures will be followed.

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