Emergency Closing Procedure
In accordance with the institutional policy on emergency closings and/or cancellation of classes, these procedures will be followed regarding regular class schedules or work schedules due to an emergency situation and/or inclement weather. In such a case, the Director of Public Relations will notify area media listed below.
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.
Employees and students are advised to read or listen to local media announcements. For the official word and full details, visit us here on Pierpont’s website or call the main number at (304) 367-4907. You also can access the announcement toll-free line at (855) 297-0999.
Pierpont classes offered in Monongalia, Lewis, and Braxton may still operate even if public schools are closed in those counties, so they will follow the same closings/delay schedule as the Locust Avenue campus.
The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, the Gaston Caperton Center in Harrison County, and the Veterans' Square and Atrium locations in Marion County also follow the same closings/delay schedule as the Locust Avenue campus. In the event of 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 should use good judgment in deciding if they can arrive to campus safely when weather is unfavorable. 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 are considered essential employees and are required to report to work and/or make every effort to report for work. For more information, contact Steve Santilli, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at (304) 333-3654 or Steve.Santilii@pierpont.edu.
The following media will be notified in the case of an emergency:
Fantasia Broadcasting — WMMN 920 AM, WRLF 94.3 FM, WTCS 1490 AM Froggy 102.7 FM, 92.7 FM, 103.7 FM
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
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. *The attached map details the main campus snow removal program.
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.