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Emergency Weather Alerts

When bad weather approaches, this page will have the most recent campus closure and delay announcements.

Snow and Inclement Weather Procedure

DeSales University’s procedure for snow and inclement weather is as follows: 

  • A decision is made whether to close, delay, or remain open by 5:00 a.m.
  • The decision is communicated via the University’s home page, phone system, e2campus, and local media.
  • This process is then repeated by 2:00 p.m. for evening classes
  • School officials make the decision using the best information they have available at the time.

Commuters: Ultimately you have to make the best decision for yourself whether to drive to campus in inclement weather

  • Because weather can be unpredictable, it is sometimes difficult to determine how a 5:00 a.m. decision will play out at 10:00 a.m. or noon.
  • The weather at the DeSales campus may be quite different from where you live.
  • Students who decide not to attend class on a day of questionable weather should communicate with the faculty member who teaches the class.

Faculty: Please reference the December 1, 2021, email from University Provost Brother Daniel Wisniewski Ph.D., titled, “Snow Day Guidelines.” The decision whether to hold class is left to the individual faculty member within the following guidelines:

  • If instruction occurs, the preferred mode is asynchronous.
  • If synchronous instruction occurs, please do so at the scheduled class time and record and post the lecture for students who are unable to attend.
  • Inform students via the Blackboard announcement feature and email clearly stating expectations about class instruction on the day the University is closed.
  • Inform your division head and chair of your plans for class days when the University is closed.

Employees: Unless you’ve been instructed otherwise, you are expected to stay home during the hours when the University is closed for operation. Employees are not required to work from home during these instances unless specifically requested by their supervisor to do so.

Everyone: Please visit MyDSU to confirm your e2campus alerts are active so you receive timely and relevant information. Your safety and well-being are very important to us. Please be careful.

This procedure was communicated to the entire University community via an email sent by Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, on January 6, 2022.