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The Department of Integrated Marketing and Communications will notify the media if the University decides to close during unfavorable weather conditions. The University’s policy is to close only in the event of extreme weather conditions; decisions are made based on short- and long-term meteorological reports.

While our goal is to have as many people as possible on campus when we are open, the University realizes that some students and employees live a significant distance from campus. Consequently, the administration does not expect individuals to place themselves in a dangerous situation to get here. We encourage you to use your best judgment in deciding whether it is safe to drive when confronted with severe weather.

Snow closing advisories:

Integrated Marketing and Communications personnel will provide an advisory to the University community through the closing advisory phone line. If the University is closing, the system’s message will be changed to give the details of the closing.

  • For the latest closing information, call 216.397.4666.
    Please wait until after 6:30 a.m. to begin calling, so that University  personnel have an opportunity to make a decision and change the  message.
  • For decisions on evening classes, call after 2 p.m.

Integrated Marketing and Communications uses a coded system to alert the media of a closing; this system is designed to prevent unauthorized personnel from calling the media. Closings will also be posted on the University’s home page by 6:30 a.m.

Delayed opening:

In the event inclement weather poses – for a limited period of time – an extraordinary risk to the safety of students and employees who drive to the university, the University will announce a “Delayed Opening”:

  • This delay will be for two or three hours, using 8 a.m. as the regular opening time.
    • An announced 2-hour delay = 10 a.m. opening
    • An announced 3-hour delay 11 a.m. opening

Employees whose functions are required earlier than the normal office opening time should consult their area vice president for instructions.

  • Classes scheduled during the hours affected by the delay will be cancelled. As with classes cancelled when the University is forced to close early because of weather, faculty whose classes are cancelled as a result of a delayed opening may, at their discretion, attempt to schedule a make-up class. These make-up classes can only be scheduled if they do not penalize students who are unable to attend.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Director of Strategic Communications, Mike Scanlan at 216.397.1596 or

Important Phone Numbers

  • Emergency: 911
  • Dispatch: 216.397.1234
  • JCUEMS Dispatch: 216.397.1234
  • JCUPD Main Office: 216.397.1615
  • JCUPD Chief: 216.397.1974
  • JCUPD Sergeant: 216.397.4401
  • Tip Line: 216.397.1515