Emergency Closing Procedure

Procedures for Emergency Closings/Cancellations

In accordance with institutional policy on emergency closings and/or cancellation of classes, these procedures will be followed if it is necessary to alter the regular class schedules or work schedules due to an emergency situation and/or inclement weather.

Information on emergency closings also will be communicated through FSU’s myFairmontState Emergency Notification system. If they are not already signed up, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the myFairmontState Emergency Notification system to receive emergency and school closing information through text messaging, e-mails, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Those who have questions or need assistance signing up should contact the Information Technology Commons at (304) 367-4810 or help@fairmontstate.edu. The Information Technology Commons is located in Room 139 of the Ruth Ann Musick Library. Hours of operation during Fall & Spring terms are: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Hours of operation during Summer term are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, closed Saturdays & Sundays.

When public schools close in Doddridge, Preston, Barbour, Taylor, Randolph, Calhoun, Gilmer and Upshur counties, off-campus courses for FSU in that particular county are canceled. There will be no media announcement. FSU classes at facilities in Monongalia, Lewis and Braxton counties will follow the same closings/delay schedule as main campus. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center and the Gaston Caperton Center in Harrison County follow the same closings/delay schedule as main campus.

In the event that FSU declares a two-hour delay, classes scheduled before 10 a.m. will be canceled. All classes starting at 10 a.m. or later will operate on their normal schedule. Staff members are to report as close to their normal start time as possible

Students and employees must use good judgment in deciding if they can arrive to campus safely when weather is unfavorable. Faculty are asked, within reason, to provide flexibility to commuter students who miss class due to unfavorable weather.

In compliance with state code, employees who do not report to work or who report to work later than their normal start time, will be required to use annual leave or make arrangements with their supervisor to make up the lost time unless there is a declared state of emergency.

Some personnel necessary to the operation of the institution, including Physical Plant employees, are considered essential employees and are required to report to work and/or make every effort to report for work.

Employees and students are advised to read or listen to media announcements. There have been occasions when the media outlets have put out the wrong message, or have provided a limited message. For the official word and full details it is recommended that you check the Fairmont State web site (www.fairmontstate.edu) or call the general number, (304) 367-4000, for a message. You also can access the announcement toll-free at (800) 641-5678.

Media to be notified:

Television stations

  • WBOY
  • WDTV

Radio stations

  • Spectrum Radio Group -- WMMN 920 AM, WRLF 94.3 FM, WTCS 1490 AM
  • West Virginia Radio Corporation -- WKKW 97.9 FM, WVAQ 101.9 FM, WAJR1440 AM
  • West Virginia Public Radio -- 90.9 FM Morgantown, 107.3 FM Clarksburg, 88.9 FM Buckhannon, 88.5 FM Elkins

These newspapers will be notified when the change is known in time to meet printing deadlines:

  • Times West Virginian
  • The Dominion Post
  • The Exponent-Telegram

Snow Removal/Ice Control Program

The purpose of the snow removal program is to treat all paths in an order that will benefit the most people within the quickest timeframe. The program also helps provide the safest route into all buildings on campus. Snow removal/ice control map.

The Facilities Department has divided the main campus into three divisions based on priority. ADA accessible entrances and main paths are first priority. All other inner campus and walkways are secondary. Any remaining paths will be tertiary priority.

At minimum, all primary paths will be treated before 8 a.m., and secondary and tertiary paths will follow. Proper footwear is strongly advised during the winter months. Please use high caution when walking along untreated paths. For more information, call the Physical Plant at (304) 367-4110.