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Closing and Delay Procedures for Inclement Weather

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a commuter institution and recognizes the commitments that its employees and students make to attend work, classes, and events at the College’s locations. In that regard, Penn Highlands will remain open and operational unless extreme weather conditions or other emergencies do not permit it to do so.

In consultation with key administrative staff, the responsibility for the decision to close the College rests with the College President. In the case of severe weather which limits the College from safely opening campus buildings, the College will close as a unit. In a localized emergency or weather condition, a campus or center may be closed individually at the direction of the Center Director in consultation with the College President.

It is not the College’s intention to place any student or employee into a perilous situation. Therefore individuals must exercise discretion in determining what actions they wish to take in weather or other college-related emergency situations. Employees may use paid leave time to avoid unsafe travel and the College has asked our faculty to provide for a liberal leave policy for students who are unable to travel due to inclement weather. The College does not strictly follow the delays and cancellations of local school districts.

This communication outlines the procedures that will be followed for inclement weather conditions and serves as an official notice for all members of the college community.

  1. The College will make every effort to announce delays or cancellations at least two hours prior to the scheduled start of class.
  2. Messages will appear on the College’s website, Facebook, and Twitter and will be broadcasted on local radio and television stations as well as through the emergency text message notification system.
  3. Only classes scheduled to begin at or after a delayed opening time will meet.
  4. Unless otherwise specified, delays on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday will result in an opening time of 10:00 AM, and Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM.
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