Winter is upon us, and with it comes the possibility of inclement weather that may result in a disruption of services at Hiram College. The following are details from the Campus Emergency Response Team on how the campus will be notified if a disruption occurs.
Because the 3-week term has transitioned to a remote environment, classes should remain as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. As a courtesy, emergency notifications will be sent to keep you informed of weather-related issues in the immediate vicinity. During those times, we encourage you to use caution when outside, whether driving or walking. At this time, we plan to resume in-person instruction and residential accommodations for students in January and the emergency notification process we have followed in previous years will apply. In that instance, classes will continue as scheduled unless you receive a notification directly from Hiram College, and students and faculty are expected to report to class, even if institutions around Hiram elect to close.
In the event that the College would elect to cancel morning classes and begin the day at a later time in order to properly clear sidewalks or wait for a rise in temperature, we would send a message to campus with details of a 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 supervisors 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:
1. Campus-wide text message
2. Campus-wide email (Hiram email only)
3. Notice on www.hiram.edu and social media channels
4. Local radio and TV news media (TV 3, 5, 8, 21, 27, 33; Radio WNIR, WAKR, among others in Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown)
5. Hiram College Information Line (330.569.5959)
6. 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.