Winter is upon us, and with it comes the possibility of inclement weather that may result in a disruption of services at Hiram College. On behalf of the Campus Emergency Response Team, I’m writing to remind you of the ways that we will notify you if a disruption occurs.
Unless you receive a notification directly from Hiram College, classes will continue as scheduled, and students and faculty are expected to report to class, even if institutions around Hiram elect to close. Last year the College did elect to cancel morning classes on a few occasions and begin the day at a later time in order to properly clear walks or wait for a rise in temperature. In those events, messages were sent to campus with the revised start time.
In some situations, Hiram may elect to “close.” Please note that a campus closing means that students do not need to report to campus for class. In fact, Hiram College is rarely “closed” — even during instances when classes are cancelled or employees are asked not to report to work. Since Hiram is a residential campus and home to nearly one thousand students, it is imperative that we provide for the health and safety of our students, even during times of inclement weather. Therefore, staff in student life, physical plant and dining services are identified as essential and are expected to report to work even in bad weather conditions. Employees should consult with their individual supervisor if they have questions regarding who is identified as essential staff.
Below are the ways by which we will communicate a disruption of services, in this order:
- Campus-wide text message
- Campus-wide email (Hiram email only)
- Notice on www.hiram.edu (Emergency Alert Bar at the top of the website) and social media channels
- Local radio and TV news media (TV 3, 5, 8, 21, 27, 33; Radio WNIR, WAKR, among others in Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown)
- Hiram College Information Line (330.569.5959)
- Campus-wide voice mail (Hiram desk extensions only)
In some cases, one or more methods may be unavailable, so it is important to verify your access to all of them. In the event that inclement weather occurs overnight causing a disruption of service, we will make every attempt to begin communications before 6:30 a.m.