As a residential college with a majority of students living on or near campus, Hiram College is committed to providing classes, as well as student and other essential services, as fully and as often as possible – even in inclement weather.
When the weather or temperatures become a concern, a “weather team” of College officials reviews weather forecasts, consults with local safety authorities and calls the Ohio Department of Transportation to make the most informed decision possible about delaying classes or closing campus. When weighing our options, the primary consideration is the safety of the members of our College community. If we receive information from campus or regional authorities that a particular condition poses a significant health or safety threat to members of the community, we will respond appropriately.
While the Hiram team does follow happenings elsewhere (such as closing or delay of proximate schools and universities), it does not use the decisions of other institutions as the key factor for closing or delaying classes on our campus. Hiram is quite different than primary and secondary schools that serve a younger population, many of whom wait outside for school buses. Hiram also stands apart from the large universities in our region which serve commuter populations in the thousands. Many students at such universities either drive long distances to get to campus or rely on public transportation to get them there.
The “weather team” makes the decision it feels is best for our unique circumstances. Whatever that overall decision is on any given day, individual students, faculty and staff must make a decision about the extent to which they will alter their own schedule. As individual adults, we are all responsible for making choices based on our personal circumstances.
While it might be easier to close Hiram in times like this, we believe it is our duty to the extent possible to keep the campus open, offer the classes in which students have enrolled, provide key services and allow access to the facilities that students of a residential campus have paid for and come to enjoy and expect.